On Friday, Senators Hatch and Nelson wrote US Trade Representative Lighthizer with respect NAFTA or other future US trade deals: “[T]he administration must ensure that copyright laws abroad strengthen, rather than create exceptions to, protections for America’s creators and innovators.”; according to reports from POLITICO, Lighthizer has told Hill and Administration officials in recent weeks that he will be able to reach a preliminary NAFTA deal by may and wants to have Congress vote on it by December; this week, the Coalition for Responsible Sharing (a group of 12 academic publishers including Elsevier, Wiley and BMJ) issued an updated report saying that ResearchGate is still hosting millions of copyright-infringing papers.