The Edge of Ethics in iParadigms
Michael G. Bennett
Northeastern University - School of Law
September 1, 2010
In an attempt to stem a perceived rise in student plagiarism, educational institutions are increasingly turning to anti-plagiarism technologies. The use of these technological means to police student writings has been controversial, socially, politically, and legally. This article discusses the outcome of A.V. et al. v. iParadigms, to date the most important opinion on the legality of such technology’s use. The author examines the case in detail and presents arguments against the technology’s use, on the grounds that such use undermines educational policy by allowing the ethics of teachers to become a by-product of available technological means and by contributing to a detrimental framing of students as criminals.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Copyright, Plagiarism, Infancy Defense, Technological Change and Ethics
JEL Classification: I22, K12, O33, O34
Date posted: September 1, 2010 ; Last revised: September 3, 2010
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