Educator Edtech Review: Copyleaks AI Content Detector

Copyleaks AI Content Detector
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Copyleaks AI Content Detector is an AI tool that analyzes content to detect plagiarism and AI-generated content. Copyleaks aids its users in detecting the originality of supplied content from a variety of sources, including uploaded files, copy/pasted text or URLs, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and even code files. 

The scanned text will generate a content detection report that provides the user with a breakdown of its findings that will show what is AI- or human-generated content, along with references to sites from which it was taken. The scanned content can be stored and organized into folders and shared with others.

Copyleaks AI Content Detector: Getting Started 

I was able to get started with Copyleaks very easily. Logging can be done with a username and password, or using your Google or Facebook login. Enterprise accounts can also sign in using single sign-on. 

Once logged in I was brought to the dashboard, which presents all the features neatly and easily. On the left there is a toolbar to start a new scan, and I could see a list of my past scans, shared scans, and the text compare tool. If you are an organizational administrator in the program you will also have tools to manage users, etc. 

To start a new scan I simply clicked on either the “Upload” or “New Scan” links. The interface lets me supply content to be scanned in a variety of formats including uploaded files, copy/pasted text or URLs, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and even code files. If I need to upload multiple files at once, Copyleaks can handle that as well. 

Once my content was loaded and selected for scanning, I was able to adjust the profile to search for AI content, plagiarism, or both. The sensitivity can be adjusted, and citing online sources can be activated to show me from where content was sourced. I also have the option to create and save custom scan profiles. 

Once my scan was completed, the content was highlighted with different colors to show what had been detected as AI-generated, human-created, or plagiarized. On the right of the window was a toolbar with links to websites that matched the text found in the scan that could be plagiarized or paraphrased. Copyleaks allowed me to download a report with its findings as well.

Copyleaks AI Content Detector: Best Features 

Copyleaks claims it has a higher than 98% accuracy rate and is continually adding more data to the model. In my testing, I uploaded several different examples of human and AI-generated text including word processing and PDF files, copied and pasted text, and infographics. Copyleaks did a very good job identifying AI, human, and paraphrased content.

After the scanning, I was given the option to download a professional-looking PDF report with the findings that were presented in the dashboard. I could share scan results with others by clicking the share button and adding their email address. Scans shared with me are stored in the “Shared with Me” folder. 

Organizational users can create custom repositories so scans can be run against a custom database of data. This feature will be of great value to large educational institutions or organizations that output a lot of content. 

Schools could also upload submitted student work to be scanned and checked for reuse. To test this feature I ran a portion of AI-generated text through an article spinner to see if it was able to identify it accurately. Copyleaks was able to identify the text as paraphrased AI content.

Copyleaks AI Content Detector: Pricing 

Copyleaks offers individual and enterprise pricing, based on how many “credits” you purchase and if you want to pay monthly or annually. Three pricing levels are available, based on what features are made available. You can buy AI or plagiarism detection separately or, as a package. 

The cost is based on credits purchased, with each credit equal to 250 words. The lowest number of credits that can be purchased is 1,200, or 300,000 words. That equates to AI + Plagiarism Detection for $13.99 per month. Enterprise pricing is available upon request.

Copyleaks AI Content Detector: Key Takeaways 

Overall, I found Copyleaks to be very accurate. According to the Copyleaks FAQ page, the company has been ingesting content since 2015. The program currently can identify content from ChatGPT (including GPT-4), Google Bard, T5, and Jasper. 

Copyleaks integrates with many popular learning management systems (LMS) and has fully customizable API integration. Extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers are available. 

Copyleaks secures data by being GDPR and SOC2 compliant, the highest levels of data security. 

Ultimately, if you are searching for an AI tool to assist you in accurately identifying plagiarized or AI-generated content, Copyleaks is worth a look.

Frank Pileiro is the former Supervisor of Technology & Data for the Linwood Public Schools in Linwood, NJ.  He speaks at the local, state, and national levels about empathy, educational innovation, and instructional technology.