Originally Posted by bluediamond
From images to content. Do most of you write your own content or copy and paste from someone else or a little of both?
Copy and pasting is a recipe for getting your site blacklisted on google. That is called "canned" content and google checks for that and will basically put your site at the last page of search results or even ban it from search results all together.
You are also screwing over the person you are copying because the same could happen to their site (although some say google gives preferential treatment to the site that had it up first).
Copying and Pasting is immoral and illegal. It is the same as plagiarism on paper. There is actually a process to have a site taken down if they are doing that repeatedly and will not stop after being told to.
Then there is just the fact that if you are selling a product you should be able to come up with 200-500 words describing a certain aspect of that product.
From a legal standpoint, you cant use pictures or print unless you are given specific permission to do so. Doesnt matter if it is on paper or on the web. Both are against the law to do, but on the net I see plagiarism of someones writing worse than the images... mainly because it can screw up their google rankings.