COURT DISMISSES STUDENTS’ COPYRIGHT CLAIM IN FAVOR OF PLAGIARISM DETECTING PROGRAM “TURNITIN”

In a recent decision, A.V. v. iParadigms, Civ. Act. No. 07-0293 E.D. Va., March 11, 2008, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that the plagiarism detecting program “TurnItIn” constituted a fair use of the plaintiffs’ copyrighted materials. This system compares submitted student papers to other documents found in its database and stores the papers for future comparison with other submitted papers.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How did the court address the students’ claim that they had no choice but to submit their papers to the TurnItIn system where this was required as part of their course curriculum?
Have there been other cases involving iParadigm’s TurnItIn program?
What are the implications of A.V. v. iParadigms decision?

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