I'm no expert at SEO but I've been around in IM for long enough to know the basics. I'm struggling to understand why duplicate content is such a bad thing. If for example I have a ten page site, and nine of those ten pages have articles from ezine articles, and only the home page has original unique content, won't that be enough for search engines? Sure, I understand that the pages with the ezine articles are not likely to get visitors but wouldn't the presence of well written, keyword-rich high quality content be enough to convince the search engines that the site is genuine, non-spammy and that the niche is well covered? Then go ahead and promote the home page only? After all, I thought this is the reason that ezine articles and sites like it exist - so that webmasters can get good quality content for their websites in exchange for an OBL?