I've been doing a lot of research for articles I am writing for my blog. One thing I keep encountering is outright duplicate content, I'm not talking the odd paragraph here and there but complete articles borrowed from [usually] newspapers\BBC and Wikipedia, with nothing added or taken away, also some even quote the source. Here's the rub, a lot of these pages are ranking on first page of Google for the main keyword. There goes muggings me, spending days trying to cobble together the real facts and making an original quality article and I can't get on the2ndpageogf google haha. So, is duplicate content bad for SEO a load of bollox? I also just come across a site that duplicates another site page for page and it still beats me, where's the incentive to make quality content?