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Viper Plagiarism Checker: Posting Your Essays on Essay Mills

Viper Plagiarism Checker: Posting Your Essays on Essay Mills

Viper LogoBack in 2010, I wrote a review of the Viper Anti-Plagiarism Scanner and, to put it modestly, I was not impressed. I found the service, which can be found at ScanMyEssay.com, to be slow, poor at detecting matches and generally far less useful than similar services.

Like most ineffective plagiarism detection services, I quickly forgot about it and moved on. However, it appears that it may have been a mistake.

Last week, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, a researcher at the Syed University of Engineer, wrote me seeking help getting a paper of his removed from an essay mill website (a website dedicated to posting copies of essays for students to use and often plagiarize from). When the paper eventually came down, the site involved explained that all of the content on its site was sourced from the Viper Anti-Plagiarism Scanner. They provided a link that indicated how that happened.

In short, the terms of service of Viper make it so that every single essay checked through it is, eventually, posted on one of a network of essay mill sites and there is nothing that the rightsholder and creator can do about it.

But while Viper does openly admit to doing this, their claims of being “transparent” ring hollow as the information is well-hidden on their site and it’s possible, if not likely, most people using the service are unaware that Viper is feeding their essays to various sites with the intent of making the available for others to use.

Unfortunately, this is just another cautionary tale about working with questionable plagiarism detection services and the dangers that they can pose.Continue Reading

3 Count: Narrow Window

3 Count: Narrow Window

Craigslist lawsuit against Padmapper and 3Taps survives, Sabam wants levies from Belgian ISPs and Universal tries to withhold royalty info for privacy reasons.Continue Reading

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 265 – Happy Holidays

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 265 – Happy Holidays

It’s the holiday edition of the Copyright 2.0 Show as we talk about the Instagram TOS controversy, Google settling with Belgian newspapers and more!Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Online Service Providers

An Open Letter to Online Service Providers

If you run a web host, social networking site, community or other site that accepts user submissions, here is what I (and others) want from you.Continue Reading

3 Count: Apology Filters

3 Count: Apology Filters

Instagram backs of TOS changes, Victoria’s Secret DMCA anti-rape campaign and a copyright troll files a patent on his process.Continue Reading

The Real Fail Behind Instagram’s TOS

The Real Fail Behind Instagram’s TOS

Instagram’s new TOS has been the subject of a lot of controversy, but is it as bad as it seems and is it really the problem? Continue Reading

3 Count: Instant Ads

3 Count: Instant Ads

Instagram changes TOS, claims rights to sell your images, Alicia Keys sued over Girl on Fire and TekSavvy will not defend its customers against trolls. Continue Reading

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 259 – Sandy Halloween

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 259 – Sandy Halloween

This week we talk about Halloween, Hurricane Sandy, first sale, Circumvention rulemaking and nearly every TOS you’ve read…Continue Reading

TOS Wars: Google Drive and Ancestry.com

TOS Wars: Google Drive and Ancestry.com

The recent controversies over the Google Drive and ancestry.com TOSes are just the tip of a very bad problem that isn’t going away.Continue Reading

3 Count: MegaLawsuit

3 Count: MegaLawsuit

One video publisher files suit against Megaupload, Pinterest updates its TOS and Hotfile starts filtering infringing content.Continue Reading