Australian enforcer struggles with plagiarism detection deal

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By Matthew Perlman (Sept. 9, 2021, 5:33 p.m. EDT) – Australia’s competition regulator said it had preliminary concerns that Turnitin’s proposed acquisition of Ouriginal would bring together two of the top three plagiarism prevention software providers for the country’s universities , would reduce competition in the already concentrated market.

The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission said in a statement Thursday that the merger will further consolidate the market for software tools that help detect plagiarism in student work.

ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said Turnitin was by far the largest provider of this type of software to Australian universities. But, he said, some stakeholders already see Ouriginal as cheaper and more …

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