Thursday, January 09, 2014

Throckmorton continues: comparing Real Marriage to Rid of My Disgrace, and Religion Saves

Mark and Grace Driscoll’s Real Marriage Compared to Justin and Lindsey Holcomb’s Rid of My Disgrace

Writing Recycling: A New Wrinkle in the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy?

Self-plagiarism may sound weird but it can happen if you recycle material for one publisher that is technically copyrighted and published by another publisher.  Depending on which publisher you work with and what kind of contract you have the matter is about license of use or restrictions on use of material in derivative work.  As long as you don't jump from publisher to publisher this might not even happen all that often.

But, you see, Driscoll jumped from Zondervan to Crossway to Thomas Nelson and that introduces a new potential variable which Throckmorton seems to be digging into. 

Now there can be debates and discussions about licensing and derivative work some other time.  As Throckmorton notes in comments there are settings where it's fine.  And it can depend on the era and applicable laws of the land.  Haydn's London symphonies employ a number of ideas that appeared in some of his later string quartets but which were developed in entirely different ways.  Self-quotation was commonplace in Shostakovich works, to move into a later century.  Of course perhaps the publishing stnadards in a totalitarian state might be different ... .

Anyway, new stuff from Throckmorton, whose work on this front of Driscollian publication seems swift and robust enough that our concerns can turn to other directions.

POSTSCRIPT:

Throckmorton also refers to this new piece by Becky Garrison.

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