Student Sues Term Paper Site For Selling Her Paper
from the not-so-surprising dept
Among the many shady businesses online, you can pretty much assume that those who are in the “selling term papers” business are certainly not the most honest and trustworthy of businesses. So, it comes as little surprise to find out that some of these sites (gasp!) don’t actually own the copyrights to the term papers they’re trying to sell you. In fact, one woman is now suing a few of these sites after discovering that they’re selling a term paper of hers, which she had posted online. The copyright issue is a concern to her — but the much bigger concern is that she’ll get in trouble in her current grad school program, if the school believes she’s been selling her old term papers. While it’s understandable why she’s suing, perhaps what’s more amusing is that whoever bought her term paper (can’t really have too much sympathy for people cheating, can you?) probably could have found it for free online, the same way the company selling it found it in the first place. Update: Steve Mueller notes in the comments that this woman’s lawyers are going too far with their claims. They’re not just suing the term paper seller, but also that company’s ISP. It’s not clear if she first sent a takedown notice, but either way it seems to be far reaching to go after the ISP. Secondly, among the charges the lawyer is filing is “invasion of privacy.” It’s hard to see how that’s a valid charge when she put this paper up on her site for the public to see.