A.V. v. iParadigms, LLC


Case summary of A.V. v. iParadigms, LLC published in DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law.

In A.V. v. iParadigms, LLC, four high school students who submitted written assignments to the online plagiarism

detective service, Turnitin.com, brought a copyright infringement action against iParadigms, the operators

of the service. iParadigms brought counterclaims alleging one of the plaintiffs accessed its online

database without authorization in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAC”) and the Virginia

Computer Crimes Act (“VCCA”). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

granted summary judgment in favor of iParadigms on the copyright claim based on the doctrine of fair use, and

granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs on iParadigms' counterclaims, concluding that iParadigms

did not provide enough evidence to support actual economic damages. The parties cross-appealed and the

Fourth Circuit affirmed the summary judgment order on the copyright infringement claim, but reversed and remanded

the summary judgment order regarding iParadigms' counterclaims.

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