Universities Will Hunt Plagiarists Together

In Law on August 21, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

Thirteen Czech universities will hunt down and punish students whose favorite activity is Cut and Paste.

About a year ago Masaryk University in Brno introduced a special software that can identify similar paragraphs from two texts. This week thirteen colleges and universities decided to create one database with the use of this program. While the computer is able to identify the text, it is the teacher who must have the final word as to whether the student B copied the text from the student A.

Good move. But I still don’t get it: why would anyone just copy a text? If you use the text, re-phrase it and quote the author, you get one more entry into the list of quoted sources. And every used source counts in a thesis…


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