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The LexisNexis data collection service has introduced CopyGuard, a program aimed at exposing plagiarists and spotting copyright infringement. According to John Barrie, chief executive of iParadigms, developer of the program with LexisNexis, the program can generate a report that calculates the percentage of material suspected of not being original, all within seconds.
"It should be that these institutions want to deter their problem before it happens," Mr. Barrie said. He said that CopyGuard would have caught plagiarism by Jayson Blair, a former reporter for The New York Times, and disputed passages in works by historians Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin. (The NY Times, where this story appeared, cooperated in the development of the software but is not currently a customer, according to a Times spokesman, Toby Usnik.)