US: Concern over student plagiarism software

Turnitin, plagiarism software released in 1996 and used by more than 10,000 universities and 20 million students, is now common in higher education. But it is Turnitin's lesser-known student-only sister product, WriteCheck, that has some faculty members feeling betrayed, although the company says that it is only trying to help students and professors, writes Elizabeth Murphy for Times Higher Education.

According to Alex Tabarrok, professor of economics at George Mason University, WriteCheck basically gives students the ability to check their written work against the products' shared database, allowing students to perfect their plagiarism enough to avoid Turnitin's detection upon submission to instructors.
Full report on the Times Higher Education site