Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Students lose Turnitin appeal

From the Chronicle of HE: Students Lose, Fair Use Wins in Suit Targeting anti-Plagiarism Tool
"Students have suffered another defeat in their legal fight against the company that runs a plagiarism-detection tool popular among professors.

A federal appeals court last week affirmed a lower court’s decision that the Turnitin service does not violate the copyright of students, even though it stores digital copies of their essays in the database that the company uses to check works for academic dishonesty.

The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “will be cheered by digital fair-use proponents,” says the E-Commerce and Tech Law blog."

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