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The Edge of Ethics in iParadigms

25 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2010 Last revised: 3 Sep 2010

Michael G. Bennett

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: 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.

Keywords: Copyright, Plagiarism, Infancy Defense, Technological Change and Ethics

JEL Classification: I22, K12, O33, O34

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Bennett, Michael G., The Edge of Ethics in iParadigms (September 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Michael G. Bennett (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

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