Student Fights University Over Plagiarism-Detector
OK, I've read the many pros-and-cons and they are all griping about the same thing: that the "paper" will be retained by the scanning company for use without compensation for the submitter [and also bears the potential for the paper to be "extracted" from their database by a hacker/disgruntled employee and further sold down the river...]
One poster had the right idea: present the paper as a scanned PDF image -- sure, a little more work for both parties, but not overly burdonsome to either [not even to the prof -- acrobat reader may take a long time to load, but not much longer than word...] The downside is that this can still be "OCR'd" from the images
I'd suggest taking it a step further: submit the paper using the professor's "public key" -- that way, ONLY the professor can decipher it. If further copies "magically appear" in turnitin's database, well, you have a pretty good idea who the culprit may be...
Actually, just as a side note, maybe this is a GOOD use for some of the new "features" in a palladium-ensconced version of office: you, as the "author" of the paper, can explicitly forbid copying and perhaps even the ability for turnitin to "read" it...
(of course, turnitin will just look for an open source version of a DRM cracker... :) )