April 14, 2002

IEEE forbids papers violating DMCA

Anonymous Reader writes "The Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) now
forbids paper submissions which violate the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA) via its new copyright form available at
www.ieee.org/about/documentation/copyright/NewCRfo rm101901.pdf. The
copyright form, which all authors must sign as a condition of
publication, requires the signer to warrant that the "publication or
dissemination of the Work shall not violate any proprietary right or
the Digital Copyright Millennium Act" [sic].

According to their web site at www.ieee.org, the IEEE is a non-profit,
technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual
members in 150 countries. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's
published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control
technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has
more than 860 active standards with 700 under development. Hence, the
IEEE's decision to require authors to adhere to the DMCA has the
potential to restrict research and discussion of security matters
worldwide due to the 1998 U.S. law."


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