When the Plagiarist Punishes the Professor

Panagiotis Ipeirotis teaches computer science at NYU in the Stern School of Business.  After winning tenure, he decided to use TurnItIn‘s Blackboard integration to see how many of his students were plagiarists.

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TurnItIn.com Will Still Rat You Out

We love the whole idea behind TurnItIn.com as a necessary intellectual watchdog against student plagiarism and intellectual falsity and the news this week that, despite student protest, TurnItIn.com does not violate a student’s Copyright.

A federal appeals court granted a boost to fair use advocates Friday when it ruled that an online cheating-detection service storing thousands of student essays did not violate the intellectual property rights of the essayists. Students who claimed TurnItIn.com breached their copyrights because it placed their works in its database brought the lawsuit. The site compares new essays submitted by teachers with a database of other essays to determine whether plagiarism was at work.

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