I recently mentioned a court case where students sued Turn It In for copyright violation. The plagiarism prevention company allows professors to run papers through its database, where the paper is compared to thousands of other papers. Turn It In then adds the submitted paper to its database, complete with identifiable information like the student's name and the professor's name. It is this last step that is the reason for the lawsuit.
A court ruled that Turn It In did not violate copyright in this reuse of student work, the Chronicle of Education reported. I'm personally skeptical, as are the plaintiffs, who plan to appeal.