Turnitin has been most efficient and accurate in detecting similarities between the student’s research paper and other people’s work found in the internet and from their company database. The issue of copyrights has been creating global controversy. People especially its users have been questioning the legal implications of the action and the safety of their proprietary rights over their papers. Most people are not aware that literary and academic works stored to any medium are protected and covered by federal copyright laws. This means that any original work of the students submitted to Turnitin.com bears federal copyright law protection. The students being the author of the original research papers obtain federal copyright law protection over their papers.
The procedure of the Turnitin is to scan the paper for plagiarism and then store a copy of the content to its database without the knowledge and the permission of the students. The company operates under the alliance of teachers and universities to force students to submit their papers to Turnitin for plagiarism scan. Since iParadigm is the company that manages and holds Turnitin’s database, all the copies of the students’ research papers were stored under iParadigm servers. This is another violation of the 1976 Federal Copyright Act. It is obvious that Turnitin has been sending duplicate copies to another company without the consent of the students. Since the students were forced by instructions of the teachers and the universities to submit their papers on Turnitin, the act of scanning the papers were not in any way considered as voluntary. The company does not ask the permission of the students to send a copy of the copyrighted material to its server or even put any notification about the process before the scan starts. The made iParadigm and Turnitin hold on shaky ground about archiving.
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