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Copy Paste 360

Dick speaks to two college teachers who argue the rise of copy-and-paste plagiarism is a symptom that the traditional essay assignment is dated. Students in college today were “born digital” and have learned to read, write and organize information online.

Kenneth Goldsmith, of the University of Pennsylvania, requires his students to plagiarize and to purchase an essay from a paper mill. Cathy Davidson, of Duke University, hasn’t assigned a traditional term paper in five years. She asks her students to write collectively – using the online Google Docs service – and question what they think they know about authorship and originality.