- 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.


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.

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