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John McIntyre, at You Don't Say , has some cogent remarks on self-plagiarism : Yesterday, writing at Poynter.org , Roy Peter Clark suggested that our current attitudes about plagiarism have conflated relatively minor or innocuous literary borrowings with serious thefts. One of the points he identified was the clamor about self-plagiarism. After quoting him, I'd like to add some observations. Actually, he begins by quoting Judge Richard A. Posner's Little Book of Plagiarism : "Posner hits the target on this one: 'The temptation to lump distinct practices in with plagiarism should be resisted for the sake of clarity; "self-plagiarism," for example, should be recognized as a distinct practice and rarely an objectionable one.'