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Monday, 5 April 2004


The BBC reports that, according to Dr Ellie Johnson Searle, director of the Joint Council for Qualifications, those who copy from internet essay websites in their coursework may not be cheating and may instead be engaging in valuable “self-teaching”. While she condemned the full-scale copying of entire essays or parts of essays, she claimed that those who put internet-sourced essays into their own words are displaying an understanding of their subject because they would not be able to rephrase them unless they understood them.

The IPKat says that unless those who wrote the essays which appear on the websites in question have given their consent to their use, students who embark on “borrowing” from such website should be careful of the copyright implications of what they are doing. While there is a defence to copyright infringement for private study and research under s.29 of the UK CDPA 1988, students should be aware that this only covers fair dealing. Wholesale taking of someone else’s work without consent is unlikely to be considered to be fair.

Dealing with exam cheats here and here
How to cheat at exams and here

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