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- Click "Download PDF"
- IEEE: Pay $30 first!
- Open the paper via Sci-Hub
- "This paper is U.S. Government work, not protected by U.S. copyright."

Fun fact: some papers on Sci-Hub is 100% legal.

BTW, US National Institutes of Health's online library is really cool. What's so cool about a medicine website, just see what you can find here.

* Evaluation of Strategies for the Development of Efficient Code for Raspberry Pi Devices

* Algorithms for Lightweight Key Exchange

* True Random Number Generator (TRNG) Utilizing FM Radio Signals for Mobile and Embedded Devices

Quite a lot Open Access papers about security, cryptography, electronics, and programming - because IoT is also biotech...Try searching with "site:ncbi.nlm.nih.gov", you'll find surprises...

Another fun fact: Alexander Bell's original telephone paper from 150 years ago is still locked behind the IEEE library paywall, same for Tesla's paper on AC power...

IEEE: "Non-member? Pay $33! IEEE Member? Also pay $33!"

To be fair, we still should and must thank the IEEE for digitizing these historical papers - just so that Sci-Hub can copy them - which is 100% legal too.

Extra comment for license nerds and nitpickers (I haven't see one so far) - yes, technically it's not 100% legal worldwide, only 100% legal within the U.S., theoretically the U.S. Government can still hold copyright in other countries, since Sci-Hub is not hosted in the U.S., theoretically the US Government can file lawsuits. But it's extremely unlikely, otherwise even downloading a file from a .gov site can be illegal, so it's still public domain for all practical purposes.

@niconiconi though since it has all sorts of stuff, it's a pain when a horse-paste stan finds a random article and says "It must be true, it's on the NIH website"

@niconiconi Huh, never knew what those random letters stand for in that domain name, which kept popping up on a certain kind of web searches. TIL

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> Fun fact: some papers on Sci-Hub is 100% legal.

Well…that reminds me a lot of Aaron Swartz vs. JSTOR, it's nothing really new that there would still be a lot of weird paywalls on public domains or works that are into the commons.
Like a lot of scientific works are under some kind of Creative Commons but there is still a lot of paywalls going on (specially on the US side of things I would say).

@niconiconi imagine if the IEEE or the ACM used their membership money to transcribe all those 80 year old papers into a format that'll be readable in 80 years still?

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