A federal district court judge threw out a lawsuit against the online plagiarism detection service Turnitin.com last month, ruling the web site--which stores student papers in its database and compares them with new submissions--does not violate copyright laws.

Students at McLean High School in Fairfax County, Va., and the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona filed a lawsuit in October 2006 arguing that Turnitin.com committed copyright infringement when it stored digital copies of students' essays in its database. U.S. District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton ruled March 11 that unauthorized use of copyrighted work for news reporting, comment, and teaching did


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