March 30th, 2007

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I admire their cleverness, but I think they get an F for "Fair Use"

According to this Washington Post Article, some Arizona High School students are suing an anti-cheating company. They argue that the method used, which creates a permanent copy of every student paper submitted to compare with future papers so they can detect copying, violates the copyright of the students to control their own intellectual property.

The interesting question for me is whether catching student plagarists constitutes an educational fair use. I think it does. Still, despite my flippant title above, it is not an obvious call and I look forward to seeing how the case evolves.