Turnitin.com Infringes Upon Students Rights
Turnitin.com is undeniably an effective deterrent to plagiarism, but it is the very issue of copyright infringement that has people questioning the legality of the site. What many people dont understand is that works do not need to be registered to be copyrighted. Every literary work that is saved to a tangible medium this includes paper, computer disk, etc. is protected by federal copyright laws. Thus, the works submitted to Turnitin.com are copyrighted and the authors hold complete rights to the works. What the Turnitin.com system does, however, is it stores the submitted paper on their servers. This is done without the students permission. Turnitin.com is operating under the pretense that teachers will force their students to submit to Turnitin.com. Thus, student papers are stored in iParadigms the company that runs Turnitin.com database. This in itself is a blatant violation of the 1976 Federal Copyright Act. Turnitin.com is duplicating copyrighted material without the consent of the student. The student is forced to submit to the site, so submissions are not considered voluntary. In addition, the site does not ask for permission to store the paper, instead, it is done automatically.
iParadigm and their team of lawyers admit in their legal page that the archiving of papers is treading on shaky legal ground. They affirm, however, that their services constitute "fair use" by grounds that their service does not limit the marketability of the paper. The claim that their service doesnt limit the marketability of a paper is false. If one were to sell a term-paper that was already in the Turnitin.com database, the paper would be of little use to a potential student buyer because any similarities from the students paper would be red flagged. The very addition of a paper to the Turnitin.com database severely limits the feasible marketability of the paper. That is, the archiving of ones paper eliminates other students with the same assignment as potential buyers of the paper.
Another strikingly illegal aspect of the Turnitin.com service is the fact that many teachers submit student works without the students permission. Turnitin.com is operating under the pretense that this is occurring. When a student gives a teacher a paper for grading the assumption is that evaluative rights are given to the teacher. In no way is the teacher entitled to submit the paper to be copied to the iParadigm servers. iParadigm is breaking copyright laws by duplicating a paper without the copyright holders consent. In effect, the paper but not the copyright becomes property of Turnitin.com. Turnitin.com is clearly making a profit off the papers that students submit. Without the database of some 60,000 student-submitted papers, the Turnitin.com service would not be as effective. Every paper submitted makes the service more effective and the company therefore yields greater profits. Schools that use the service have to pay large amounts of money in the thousands to ten thousands of dollars range. It is clear that the company is profiting off of students copyrighted hard-work. Interestingly enough, the very place that the Turnitin.com service originally started now has grave doubts over the legality of the Turnitin.com service. Turnitin.com founder John Barrie was a graduate student at UC Berkeley when he started developing the software that the site runs on. Currently, UC Berkeley does not subscribe to Turnitin.com because they feel the site may be infringing upon students copyrights.
Legal Protection for Same-Sex Couples
Has anyone considered a compromise solution to the issue of legalization of same-sex marriages
Bush and Kerry Differ on Immigration Policies
Up until the final debate at Arizona State University, the issue of immigration had not been much discussed.Both presidential candidates know very well that illegal immigration is a hot button topic in our country, and each man is now trying to use it to his political advantage.Since the eighties the Democratic Party has, in general, supported immigrants and has been for fair and just immigration laws. However, there are those members of the party who claim that the presence of millions of undocumented immigrants undermines the bargaining power of the US born labor force.On the other side, the Republican Party traditionally has been against immigrants, but is increasingly reaching out to the Latino population. Advocates of free markets within the party have flat out called for the opening of the borders.
Why You Need a Home Loan Countrywide Loan
From a small office in 1969, home loan countrywide has achieved recognition among consumers and investors as one of Americas leading home finance companies. Evidence of growth and industry leadership is home loan countrywides inclusion in the S&P 500, Forbes 500 and Fortune 500. Home loan countrywide began with a vision - to make the dream of homeownership accessible to everyone. Over the years, the company has grown, as have the ways in which they serve their customers. They have leveraged their skills in mortgage banking into diversified businesses that work together to provide customers with a complete range of financial services under one roof. Their diversification includes capital markets, insurance and a recent expansion into banking services with Countrywide Bank. In addition, home loan countrywide is also bringing a brand of financial services and customer satisfaction to the United Kingdom.Home loancountrywide is involved in the development of world-class proprietary financial systems has provided them with a sizable competitive edge and given them a front-runner position in penetrating financial services markets both domestically and internationally.
Seatbelts: a Life Saver or a Taker
Seatbelts definitely save lives. Some of them have a locking feature which is truly amazing because you can pull it out all the way and let it pull back. You can also lock it and itíll not slide out until its been pulled back all the way again. When youíre on a spirited drive, its good to have something to hold you into your seat as you take a tight turn at speed. Also, if you spend time cruising down the middle of the road, itís better to have at least one seatbelt to comfort you.
Government Overregulation of Broadcast Content Could Backfire
Rush is right! The governments stepped up bid to regulate broadcast television content is indeed frightening. Limbaugh made his comments during one of his regular radio broadcasts last year. Those remarks were in response to the FCCs crackdown on broadcast indecency and Congress threats to hand out much larger fines to broadcasters for such violations, in the wake of Janet Jacksons "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl halftime show last February.
Freedom of Religion
We were all taught in school that our forefathers left England to escape religious dictatorships.Okay, there was a lot more to it then that, but it was a big enough deal that they made sure it got honorable mention in our rulebook.They clearly made the point that we were to have freedom of religion here in America.They also used the word "God" in some of their formal paperwork and even on our money.I dont want to argue politics here, but rather semantics.They didnt say "freedom of Christianity," they said "freedom of religion."The boys who wrote up all of our formal paperwork were wordsmiths and they debated long and hard to find the perfect set of words to govern ourselves by.It wasnt decided that we had the freedom to choose whichever form of Christianity that we liked, but whichever form of religion.Religion is in and of itself a much broader concept then Christianity."God" can mean a lot more then just the Christian definition too.
Five Reasons Why I dont Have a Will
One: I hate my children and want them to never speak to each other again after the battle over my estate.
Plaintiff Funding is a controversial new finance area in which a plaintiff secures funding based strictly on the potential financial recovery from his or her pending legal claim.Similar to securing a mortgage against your home, a plaintiff can receive a cash advance against the potential future proceeds from a legal claim.There are no income or employment verifications and if the legal claim has no financial recovery, then the plaintiff is NOT obligated to repay the money.
Lying: Yes or No
What about little white liesWhat about when your partner asks you if this dress makes her look fat.What do you thinkIs it OK to lie to a person we care about for a kind reason, like to make him feel better and more secure, or to avoid a fight.As long as our heart is in the right place, even experts say that honesty isnt always required.You dont have to tell the whole truth if it will hurt your partner or if its something he cant change. "
Multiple Social Security Beneficiaries
Supplemental Security Income SSI is a federal program run by Social Security Administration that gives a monthly income to people with disabilities, blind, or who are 65 or older with limited income and property. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen or a national with countable income below the federal benefit rate or FBR.
Checklist for Hiring a Private Investigator
Looking for an old friend Want to know if your spouse is cheating Need to check out a potential tenant or employee
The Top 10 Scams for 2001
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Michael Jackson is one of the most recognized persons on the planet today. Even though he has not had a hit album in over a decade, Michael has continued to find his way into the media one way or another. From his rumoured problems with plastic surgery, to his association with monkeys, everyone has heard about how strange a character Michael has become. Aside from the black community that have continued to support him, despite his so-called skin condition and aversion to direct sunlight, most of the media has made "Jacko" a target of vicious headlines and articles.
It Only Takes a Few Simple Steps To Avoid Student Loan Debt
Student loan debt is a problem that affects many former students. It is a long and difficult process to pay off a student loan.Undoubtedly, it is much easier to avoid student loan debt in the first place.There are a few simple steps that can be taken to either escape student loan debt or ensure that the debt wonít be too hard to pay off in the future. Consider student loans only after you have researched all the sources of free financial aid.Many people who are eligible for financial donít even realize it and instead take out a student loan.If you are not eligible for financial aid and need to take out a student loan, be aware that there are three major types of student loans: Federal Family Education Loans, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans.Make sure you donít go over your head in debt by deciding how much you can afford to borrow, and how much you can realistically repay.
Lawsuit Loans which are also known as pre settlement cash advances allow a financially strapped plaintiff to access a portion of their future legal settlement to pay todayís necessary living expenses.Personal Injury and worker compensation lawsuits can take years to resolve and large insurance companies have the financial strength to legally delay the process which can financial ruin an injured claimant who is looking for a fair settlement offer.
Stopping Home Foreclosure
A Foreclosure Prevention Service has numerous ways it can help you deal with the foreclosure process. Under the law, you have a right to remain in the property for a certain period of time. If you canít pay the full amount owed without creating a hardship for your family you need a legal review of your situation, your rights, and your choices before you agree to anything. Protect yourself and your family.
How to Start a Bankruptcy Forms Processing Service
Due to the dramatic increase in technology, business professionals now have the ability to outsource their skills and earn extra money working from home as a bankruptcy forms processor. Unlike an attorney or notary public, a bankruptcy forms processor does not have jurisdictional limits.In other words, a bankruptcy forms processor could live in Yellow Springs, Ohio and prepare bankruptcy petitions, pleadings, Motions and other court documents for attorneys practicing in California, New York or any other U.S. state.
Plans Arent Wine, And They Dont Always Age Well
The following crossed my desk recently. The author gave me permission to share her story:
Hire Divorce Lawyer or Use Online Divorce Forms
When do you need to hire a family law attorney and when is it okay to just use an online divorce form website to save a little moneyThis article will provide a few pointers to help you decide whether to do it yourself or retain a divorce lawyer.
Are You In The Market For a Car Loan
Car loans are a tempting way to purchase a new car. While they provide for easy access to a car, these loans can get quite expensive if you do not know enough about what you are getting into. Simple research will provide you with information that can save you some real expenses. Even if you are getting a used car loan or a car title loan, you need to understand what you are getting into.
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