The research I've done on this site says it not only violates the 1974 FERPA laws protecting students but it denies students' intellectual property rights.
This is a comment from essayfraud.org:
Determined cheaters and people who want to protect their copyrights can easily beat Turnitin (i.e., trick Turnitin, fool Turnitin, or cheat Turnitin) in a few simple steps, directly through Microsoft Word™, so what's the point in paying Turnitin millions of dollars per year and treating like criminals the vast majority of students who do not cheat? In response to the McLean / Turnitin lawsuit, we've been disturbed by many professors' opinion that honest students' papers are so utterly void of intelligence and innovative ideas that their intellectual property does not warrant or deserve copyright protection. For the sake of debate, let's presume that a certain percentage of student essays are terrible, in every aspect. What if that type of essay is exactly what someone wants to buy? What if an author decides to publish a new book entitled, The Worst Student Essays Ever Written, and the author wants to buy hundreds of "terrible" essays written by students in all states—including Virginia—to include in the book. This could mean substantial royalties for the student authors. However, due to numerous legal restrictions, the author can pay students for their essays only if the essays are not already stored/published/indexed in any database. Conclusion: This is merely one scenario in which Turnitin severely diminishes or completely eliminates the marketability of students' intellectual property. (Five Other Scenarios)
I do not write papers or essays utterly void of intelligence and innovative ideas but quite the contrary. Therefore my work could have value to someone and I want compensation for that value. Also Turnitin makes it's millions due to it's archive of student work and on that basis alone intellectual property is being used for profit without the author receiving compensation.
For further reading on Turnitin I found an excellent article from UCLA Office of Instructional Development. http://www.oid.ucla....tin/turnitin-2b
Has anyone dealt with this problem? I really don't want to submit my work to this site? Any advice on what to do? I'm willing to jump through hoops to get a degree, but this hoop reeks of being illegal. I plan on becoming an educator, but I tell you all this, if education as degraded to the point where ethics and trust have left the building I don't think I want any part of the profession.
Edited by LizDevil30, 08 November 2007 - 09:20 AM.