599px-courtgavelLast week 4th Curcuit appellate judges upheld iParadigm & Turnitin’s arguments that archiving versions of  student papers fell under “fair use” rather than “copyright infringement.”  The Court’s opinion can be obtained here

 Richard Komen’s ZDNet article goes into step-by-step legal analysis of the four criteria of fair use as applied in this case.  Nate Anderson’s ArsTechnica article covers a bit more regarding how Turnitin benefitted from Google’s “thumbnail” precedent.