In an article in Texas Tech's student paper, a law student questions the legality of Turnitin's practice of acquring for free and storing entire student essays.
The University Senate at MSVU in Nova Scotia has agreed to ban "all plagiarism detection software as of May."
The Chronicle describes a dissertation's wholesale plagiarizing, and its detection and punishment.
Minnesota State University at Moorehead has subscribed to Turnitin. This decision has raised serious questions by students concerned about the services's potential abuse of their intellectual property rights.
In a letter to the editor of the Brock University newspaper, Patrick Runkle, editor at Turnitin, defends the detection service against allegations that it violates intellectual property law.
In response to Melbourne University's plan to introduce Turnitin, students have demanded compensation the commercial use of their intellectual property.
North Carolina State University has not renewed its subscription to Turnitin because of "national concerns about the ethics of the program."
Maine Public Broadcasting* reports on measures taken by the University of Maine and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin colleges to address the issue of student plagiarism. (*Requires Windows Media Player)
A student at McGill University, who refused to submit an essay for screening by Turnitin, has raised serious pedagogical, ethical, and legal challenges to using the Calilfornia-based service. The head of McGill's English Department, John Cook, has suggested that Turnitin is simply part of a larger problem facing universities -- the tendency to emphasize evaluation at the expense of instruction.