Well this this is interesting: Students Rebel Against Database Designed to Thwart Plagiarists [Washington Post]. My son’s high school also uses this program; his World Literature teacher told us about it last week. Any typed paper the students turn in must first be submitted to the TurnItIn service, which compares it to other works to check for plagiarism.
The question in my mind is echoed in the article:
These students are giving their work to a company that’s making money and they are getting no compensation.
It certainly deserves some thought and discussion. Perhaps even in a course about literature. Without copyright and potential for compensation many of those creative works wouldn’t have ever been created in the first place.