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IEEE is dedicated to keeping its members, authors and mission safe from the effects of piracy. Piracy of IEEE Intellectual Property (IP) not only hurts IEEE as an organization, but it can also hurt the IEEE member, subscriber and author.

 

The Effects of Piracy

Pirated IEEE literature is vulnerable to alterations and edits out of the control of IEEE and its authors. This falsified information can cost researchers time and money, affecting the reputation of researchers, organizations and IEEE, who are all expecting the information to be accurate and trustworthy.

IP misuse also affects IEEE and its mission of fostering technological advancement for the benefit of humanity. Members are the core of IEEE and the organization depends on them to represent its code of ethics. IP misuse goes against these standards. On the same token, IEEE members depend on IEEE for support in their personal and professional growth. IP misuse can affect the financial stability of IEEE, causing an adverse effect on the organization’s ability to uphold its mission.

For these reasons, IEEE monitors the various forms of IP abuse. IEEE staff members track usage reporting and use real-time monitoring tools to detect excessive usage or sharing of IEEE accounts. When cases of possible misuse surface, the individual is notified and is expected to take measures to ensure IEEE IP is being protected. In cases of extreme IP misuse, access may be blocked or suspended indefinitely.