Houghton Mifflin has been sending out a message about webcasts for WriteSpace which seems to be a customized Blackboard with additional proprietary technologies built in, including MyDropBox plagiarism detection service, SafeAssignment.
One thing in favor of MyDropBox over Turnitin. According to their brochure, while they do store student papers, they do so by institution. Each school has their own database of student papers. I'm guessing this means that each school can only access the papers from their school (if so, this is good). And an institution can request that their database be emptied:
Authorized persons from client institutions can request partial or complete removal of their institutional databases from the MyDropBox servers at any time.
Okay. I'm a former student. I've graduated. Don't I have a right to have my papers removed, or does only the insitution have control of my writing in this regard? Something not quite right here.
BTW: Does anyone else just love the name, "Safe Assignment?"