On another thread I started on John Wesley , I got an idea . Yes , I got the idea -- I didn't steal it from anyone . Can you name any famous plagiarists ? While living in South Korea I encountered many folks who thought nothing of stealing someone's ideas --- word-for-word acquisition was the favorite method of theft . University students did it as a matter of course -- even University professors got in the act . I will list some people who were found stealing in this manner -- in no particular order . John Brown of Haddington 1722-1787 ( I narrowed him down because there have been a lot of John Browns ) . Spurgeon , in his "Commenting on Commentaries" said that Brown's "Notes on the New Testament -- an undisguised plagiarism from Guyse." Kenneth Hagen ( copied extensively from E.W. Kenyan with no credit given ) . Joe Biden ( You know ) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ( You know ) Joseph Smith ( Of Mormon infamy ) His stories were lifted not only from the King James Bible . Vladimir Putin ( I had to go by the word of others here . I don't understand Russian .) Alex Haley ( The "Roots" man paid a settlement to a white man for copying his storyline ) . Any others ?