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Monday, February 16, 2004

More on applying trade embargoes to scientific publications

On February 9, at the invitation of the IEEE, David Mills addressed a "summit" of scholarly publishers on the intersection of U.S. trade law and freedom of the press. Mills is the Treasury Department official in charge of licensing U.S. journals to edit articles by citizens of Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and other embargoed nations. The IEEE issued a press release after the meeting but did not summarize Mills' remarks beyond his use of diplomatic courtesies (e.g. that he welcomes dialog with IEEE). The IEEE has been fighting the application of trade embargoes to scientific publications since before Treasury Department ruling came down last September, but it has agreed to abide by the ruling that embargoes do apply. Also see the IEEE's web site on the controversy. (Thanks to Gary Price.)