Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Students Reach Settlement in Turnitin Suit; Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus, 8/3/09

Erica Hendry via Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus; Students Reach Settlement in Turnitin Suit:

"A two-year battle over copyright infringement between four students and Turnitin, a commerical plagiarism-detection service, came to an apparent end last Friday in a settlement that prohibits either party from taking further legal action.

The high-school students first sued iParadigms, Turnitin's parent company, in 2007 for copyright infringement, saying the company took their papers against their will and then made a profit from them.The students' high schools required them to use the service, which scans papers for plagiarism and then adds them to its database, which students argued could easily be hacked.

But the students and their lawyers were handed two decisions against them -- first from the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., in March 2008 and again this April from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit."

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