Viper, like most plagiarism detection services, has a terms of service.While most of the TOS is dedicated to your license to use Viper and its software, a section entitled “Store and Use of Your Documents” deals with the license you grant Viper in the work you submit.You may not use the Viper Software to scan documents for which you do not hold sufficient intellectual property to be able to authorise us to use the documents in accordance with the terms of this licence.
Viper, like most plagiarism detection services, has a terms of service.While most of the TOS is dedicated to your license to use Viper and its software, a section entitled “Store and Use of Your Documents” deals with the license you grant Viper in the work you submit.
Since they are not the copyright holder, they have no ability to agree to the license and waive those rights.
While it’s true the Viper TOS forbids the uploading of essays not created by the user, as we just stated, most users probably didn’t even read the TOS.
However, after 9 months, the essay is then posted on a public website for students to use.
These sites, often called essay mills, claim to be study aid tools but are widely used by students seeking to find essays to plagiarize in their own coursework.
There’s no mention of this policy on the front page of their site and, as I tested earlier, it’s possible to go through the entire process of setting up an account, downloading and installing the Viper software without being fact, the only time it’s mentioned at all is when you agree to the terms of service, but even then, it isn’t mentioned explicitly.
Even then, you have to be sure to click through to the TOS and read it.
Not only is there no check for quality, but you have no way to be 100% sure that you have a clear license to use the content.
What it comes down to is this: An anti-plagiarism service is using the essays submitted to it to feed sites that are widely used by plagiarists seeking content to copy.
What this means is that, once you submit an essay to Viper, first it is immediately stored in its database for later comparisons.
This part is fairly mundane and is done by other plagiarism detection services.