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> If understand this correctly, professors submit papers to this web site to be
> matched against a database of previous works. Then the paper itself
> becomes part
> of the database for future matches. If that's the case, it's a
> massive violation
> of students' copyright.
I'd say, partly based on Alison's posting of the copyright bullets,
that this is not the case, in as much that none of the material posted
in the "system" is publicly available.
And actually, if you want to really think about it... having your
writing IN the system is in fact a way to add PROTECTION of your
copyright, such that each time someone does see your paper in real life
and copies a part of it, but then your paper is in the db and their
teacher/prof then has it scanned, they can no longer take credit for
your work, which to ME is the real point of copyright... CREDIT. I
advocate copying music, movies whatever to a great deal... "whatever,
I'll do what I want" - Cartman
But when someone copies your stuff and claims they wrote/created it...
that's what is worthy of complaint.
Of course there's the bullet about reproducing the work... and that may
be the one possible arguable violation, but what constitutes a copy?
What about the 1000 monkeys in a room with typewriters? :)
The copyright argument is a dance around bigger and better issues, IMNSHO.
Perhaps one work around, for individual schools, is to have student
permission in advance... or to request the services scan for
plagiarism, but not store the new data without the permission.
I just think the service itself is worthy of being put to use. In a
perfect world, people wouldn't just copy stuff. When I was in HS, I
must have had the fear really put in me, because I was always worried
even about quoting material that I referenced.
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