Lee - I can understand your frustration, but you seem to be missing the point of stopping duplicate content, and that ensuring ALL articles are in some-way unique and useful - rather than just a stale copy.
- Regardless of who created the content.
Duplication penalisation is great!
1. Stops lazy plagerism.
2. Encourages unique content (more valuable to everyone).
3. Ensures traffic linkage is high quality - more diluted content becomes, the less valuable: and so is the link traffic.
Consider:- if someone copies-and-pastes your article as theirs you would be rightly unhappy? You want this stopped, right? Well, unless you pay fairly high subscriptions, who is going to pay staff enough to read/check EVERY article?
- Answer: no-one. Checks for duplication are automated. In fact, best this way as no human error or favouritism!
OK, but what if you want to copy and paste the same article repeatedly? Well, you wrote it, right!?
- WTF? No-one wants that. It's clutter. Point/Link back to your article in a useful way, or re-create the article so it's of new interest. That's the best way to boost traffic.
- Littering the internet with the same content, regardless of the creator, does not boost traffic: it clogs traffic.