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Is Turnitin worth the amount of money you pay for subscription?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Is Turnitin worth the amount of money you pay for subscription?
Paying subscription at Turnitin for plagiarism check may bring more problems than help to students. Students have been rallying about violation of their intellectual property rights over the research papers they submitted to Turnitin for plagiarism check. Turnitin has been misleading plagiarism scan advertising to actively storing and accumulating research papers in their database in the background. This act is pure violation of the students’ intellectual property rights. Research papers that were submitted for plagiarism check to any plagiarism software should not be stored and accumulated in their database. What is the purpose of storing the papers?

Misleading and unreliable advertising ethics
Turnitin has been playing with ethics. This for profit plagiarism scanning service has been benefiting from subscriptions and accumulated research papers of students stored in their database. A senior student commented about most high school students getting irritated with the implication of the school’s intention submitting all homework to Turnitin. The catchy phrase to catch cheaters really caught the attention as well as slightly insulted the intellect of the high school students.

The company’s legal representative stated that the company did not violate any rights. The Fairfax school and other schools such as the public schools in Montgomery, Arlington, and Prince George’s counties have been clinging to the same stand – they did not violate any rights of the students. Who would dare argue about questionable use of the intellectual property when it has become an instruction of the school?

There are many possibilities that could happen to the research papers of the students:

  • The company can sell discreetly the research papers by merely rewriting it
  • The company can form another company and post the research papers for viewing at paid monthly subscription
  • The company can potentially profit from the research papers of the students with the universities paying for it
  • These are just possibilities. They are not accusations. Why do you need to keep, store, or accumulate highly confidential research materials? Most plagiarism detectors online do not store the content submitted to their database. For major ethical reasons, they deleted all data after use. Storing intellectual property on database could lead to major unethical for profit considerations especially if there are already thousands of papers in there. There is the question if this undermines the rights of the poor students over their own writings.

    Technology to Save Energy

    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

    With technology, life is made easier for us. This same cause also made us to consume much energy so the world, through different groups, made some measures to address the issue on energy crisis. One way of using technology to save energy is through solar energy panels, which is may be expensive. Inexpensive means include the use of fluorescent lights in place of incandescent. Save energy today.

    Ways to Save Much Energy

    Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

    As individual, we can help on the issue on energy crisis. In our own simple ways, we can save much energy. One way is turning off the light when not in use. Another way is to unplug switches when not used or when it is not needed. Turning off the faucet is also a big contribution on saving energy. Save mother earth. Save much energy today.

    You can save energy

    Monday, November 15th, 2010

    Today, we are aware that energy had become a problem because of some issues it causes to the environment. Which is why you need to save energy and one simple way is to replace your incandescent light bulbs to the more power saver fluorescent light bulbs. When you have a vehicle, having your engine converted to bio fuel compatible is also one way of saving energy. If you have extra funds, purchase solar panels installed in your home. Save the world by saving energy.

    Heating Solutions is a Burden

    Friday, October 29th, 2010

    Over half of the energy used in your house goes to heating and cooling. So making clever options about your house ventilating, heating, and air conditioning system can have a huge result on your service bills. And as possible, unplug unused devices when not used especially the heating devices and solutions. With this being practiced, there will be energy conservation.

    Green is the new Gold

    Thursday, October 21st, 2010

    Going green is not just concerning saving capital, it can also improve your production reputation. Businesses that are seen to be enthusiastically involved in ecological problems can also use this information as a marketing position. Saving the environment is a very hot issue at the moment and is a major concern to a vast number of consumers. It will not do your business any damage at all to let consumers know that you are environmentally gracious and it can also help build affairs with other green companies. Using green technology will give your business a accountable image in the publics’ mind and can help to boost up your profits.

    Heating Solutions as a Burden

    Friday, October 8th, 2010

    Heating has the highest energy percentage used in your house averaging at 29%, cooling ranges at an proximate of 17%, next to it is water heating with 14%, while appliances is at 14%, lighting ranges 12%, and electronics is 4%, and others is at 11%. As much as half of the energy used in your house goes to heating and cooling. So making clever options about your house ventilating, heating, and air conditioning system can have a huge result on your service bills – and your comfort. And inasmuch as possible, turn off or unplug the unused home devices when they are not used especially the heating devices and solutions because they have the highest percentage on energy consumption.

    Saving Energy? You can do it too!

    Sunday, September 26th, 2010

    There are simple ways to conserve energy. As we all know, energy had become a problem because of some issues it cause to the environment and whatnot. One simple way is to replace your incandescent light bulbs to the more power saver fluorescent light bulbs. When you have a vehicle, having your engine converted to bio fuel compatible can also have a good contribution. Because bio fuels are way better then fossil fuels. If you have extra money, try to have solar panels installed in your home. Imagine when the majority will eventually take steps to save energy, the world would certainly be a better place.

    Ways to Consume Much Energy as Possible

    Sunday, August 1st, 2010

    In our own simple ways, we can help address and help the issue on energy crisis. We can close the lights when not necessary; unplug switches when unused, and simply using the sunlight as a light source if possible. Turning of the faucet while brushing or when it is not necessary can also help. With all this done by people, effects can be exponential for the better. Just imagine more people doing the means to help the issue in energy crisis; the minority would obviously follow to avoid deviation! Then in due time, the complete use of bio fuels, fluorescent light bulbs, or even solar panels can change the world!

    Ways to Consume Much Energy as Possible

    Monday, July 19th, 2010

    In our own simple ways, we can help address and help the issue on energy crisis. We can close the lights when not necessary; unplug switches when unused, and simply using the sunlight as a light source if possible. Turning of the faucet while brushing or when it is not necessary can also help. With all this done by people, effects can be exponential for the better. Just imagine more people doing the means to help the issue in energy crisis; the minority would obviously follow to avoid deviation! Then in due time, the complete use of bio fuels, fluorescent light bulbs, or even solar panels can change the world!