Today my office-mate encountered the most disappointing of all student essays: that which is, without question, deliberately plagiarized. In paragraph two of a close reading, there was an obvious shift in diction and sentence length. Using Google Print, it took a very short time to find the original, even with numerous words changed to “hide” the borrowing. But printing the document didn’t produce the documentation David needed—because Google, doubtless at the advice of their lawyers, has set up GP so its text-scans aren’t easily printable.
Of course, if the publishers have their way, this defense of their work, however difficult, will be impossible.
The irony tag can wait no longer.