AssignMine.com

AssignMine.com is a place for students to post their work product from assignments and to see others’ work product. In other words, need a term paper? AssignMine just might have one for you. However, from AssignMine’s usage Guidelines:

Plagiarism is not condoned at AssignMine.com.

We created AssignMine.com to be a resource like books, reports, past papers or the internet.

Through our website, we want to see better quality work and greater understanding of the issues posed in assessment. *wink* *wink* ;-)

Oh, wait. I added the winks. But they might as well be there.

Reminds me of the lame excuses given by the original Napster, Kazaa, LimeWire, etc. We didn’t create this site so our users could do anything wrong. If they do, it’s their issue and certainly not why we are doing this. Yeah, right…

I feel sorry for college students these days. When I was in college, TV and magazines were the big distraction (music was not, it was my savior). These days, video games, the Interweb, chat, MySpace, downloaded movies, YouTube, and all the rest are the distraction. And sites like AssignMine.com facilitate plagiarism.

I’ll believe AssignMine truly doesn’t want its users to plagiarize when they provide professors with the ability to compare students’ papers with those available on AssignMine.

Actually, that sounds more like a project for Google labs.

The Da Vinci crock?

I plan to read Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code as soon as one my friends can remember where he last put it. (No hurry, Steve. I already have too many titles on my bookshelf.) I have read (one of) its rebuttal(s), Cracking DaVinci’s Code: You’ve Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts, by James L. Garlow and Peter Jones.

Imagine my surprise to read that The DaVinci Code may be a work of plagiarism. Lewis Perdue, author of Da Vinci Legacy and Daughter of God, among many other books, is embroiled in a copyright suit with Dan Brown and Random House, Inc.

You can read about it on Perdue’s web sites or blog.

Looks like Perdue’s taking this one to the court of public opinion.