A California anti-Mormon once accused me, years ago, of plagiarizing from myself (!) because I had copied a footnote from one article of mine (a footnote that listed four books on the Book of Mormon witnesses in alphabetical order, with their bibliographical information) and pasted it into another article of mine several years later.
This Deseret News column is an even better example of self-plagiarism, though, as I plainly borrowed it – with some deletions and additions and modifications — from a blog entry that I posted the other day.
This is a busy week for me, what with four substantial lectures at BYU Education Week, preparation for leading a tour to Turkey in two weeks, preparation for the new BYU fall term that will actually begin while I’m out of the country, on-going business matters relating to our launch of the new online Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, and a slew of exceptionally important meetings.
Accordingly, yes, I “plagiarized from myself.”
So sue me.
Oh. Wait a minute. That particular anti-Mormon did eventually sue me. For $4.5 million..
Now that’s a story. But I’ll probably never blog about it. He’s still out there, along with his zealous Evangelical pro bono lawyers. Needless to say, he didn’t prevail. (And he wouldn’t have gotten $4.5 million out of me in any case. Blood from a turnip, and all that.)