Question about PLR articles

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Hi!
As we all know, plr articles are commonly used by online marketers.
I can type in google "finance plr article free download", and I'll find tons of websites offering to download tons of articles for free.
I can edit them, put my name as an author. But how can I know that I'm not breaking the law?
What if someone copied those articles ILLEGAL, pasted them on his own website and wrote "free plr articles to download and to use as you want"?
What if in a year that website is down?
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    That's probably a remote possibility. First, when you find massive bundles of free PLR articles you can be sure they are as worn out as they can be. If you think they might be stolen or plagiarized just take a few sentences from several articles and run them through Google. It's likely they're going to show up on many, many sites. To me that means they're next to useless.

    And if they don't show up or if they only turn up on one or two sites the chance are good they're pirated.

    Do yourself a favor and don't mess with free bundles of dated content. There's plenty of "limited" PLR content available that you can get directly from the writer that will serve you better.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Originally Posted by Kalambur View Post

    Hi!
    As we all know, plr articles are commonly used by online marketers.
    I can type in google "finance plr article free download", and I'll find tons of websites offering to download tons of articles for free.
    I can edit them, put my name as an author. But how can I know that I'm not breaking the law?
    What if someone copied those articles ILLEGAL, pasted them on his own website and wrote "free plr articles to download and to use as you want"?
    What if in a year that website is down?
    There are plenty of legitimate PLR websites around, so it's best you do your research on them. See how long they've been in business and if you can find reviews about the site.

    Just make sure you do everything you can to buy from a legit source and chances you get in trouble are very slim.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      PLR articles written by copywriters that research their topic well and understand good grammar are usually not available online without cost. So beware what you're choosing to use.

      I always recommend re-writing PLR to the point that your version can't be recognized from the original. You won't be breaking the law if you use original PLR that is sold by the author for the express purpose of using it as PLR. You will have a "license" to use it as you wish.

      It's when you use free content from the Internet that most problems of authorship arise. Often the distributor scraped a site for the material (illegally), or in many cases, he will not be able to say where the material came from because he didn't buy it either . . . it might have been a freebie from a site, purchased on Fiverr, or eBay, or who knows where?

      The best to you,

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    So much of the PLR you find online is spun beyond recognition so that it would do very little good for you. And, if someone stole PLR and made their own copycat site, they would likely not rank so well anyway as there are many others out there now who have done the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author artflair
    My advice on PLRs to you is this - always HEAVILY edit the document/book you're getting adding some relevant and quality information- it will not only result in a better quality content but you also won't run into problems like people getting mad because they've bought something from you and trusted you, only to find out later that it was a re-branded PLR...
    The Google game is a totally different subject.
    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I don't bother with those giant "get 50000 PLR article" bundles. Instead I look for trusted PLR sellers I know are creating (or outsourcing) their content and aren't stealing anything.

    If you're looking for a specific niche feel free to send me a message and I can point you in the direction of some reputable sellers with content in your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Unless you had REASON TO KNOW those materials were illegally appropriated, you should be in the clear. However, once you find out that you're using illegal materials, you have the responsibility of taking the info down from your site. Otherwise, you're liable. Ref:R v Hinks and Lawrence v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    OP, I'm curious. Are you publishing these materials as is on the web or are you rewriting them? Have you heard of Google Panda and its impact on PLR materials?
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    • Profile picture of the author Emir Hayric
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Have you heard of Google Panda and its impact on PLR materials?
      Sounds like a good topic for a report
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Kalambur View Post

    But how can I know that I'm not breaking the law? What if someone copied those articles ILLEGAL, pasted them on his own website and wrote "free plr articles to download and to use as you want"?

    A solution to your concern is to use true Public Domain content. It carries a license better than any PLR. There are no restrictions whatsoever and you can always be assured that you can use it legally without further concern.

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    • Profile picture of the author tonyharte
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      A solution to your concern is to use true Public Domain content. It carries a license better than any PLR. There are no restrictions whatsoever and you can always be assured that you can use it legally without further concern.

      Steve
      Completely agree with Steve B here. Good stuff.

      Best of Luck!
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    • Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      A solution to your concern is to use true Public Domain content. It carries a license better than any PLR. There are no restrictions whatsoever and you can always be assured that you can use it legally without further concern.

      Steve
      I don't fully agree, because you'll never know where the material really comes from, even if the author puts hes name on it. I've seen a lot of graphical PD which at least to me seems very similar to stock material, Just have a look into Google images or a free images site with a stock advertising beneath. (I know there's a common saying that you have to change at least a certain percent in order to create a new image).

      Similar to text material.

      Several years ago I was lucky enough to be a freelance editor in chief of a shareware mag (print) with a cover CD. I put a freeware program on it that played MP3 files. Soon after publishing this mag, we got in legal conflicts with the company that had a patent on the mp3 algorithm. I tried to contact the programmer to clear this, but he had disappeard meanwhile (no more email, no address...).

      There's a similar issue with a German producer of music and video software. You can easily create your own songs etc with this software and they encourage you to distribute your music. But, as stated somewhere very hidden and in small letters, you are not allowed to use these songs commercially. So if you use a such generated song for your YT video and have an advertising on the video, it's commercial. AFAIK they have persued a lot of people therefore.

      I happened to find a similar thing with my brand new DSLR. I can do videos with it, but I can't use them commercially. I even don't know if this still applies if I edit this video in my licensed Camtasia or whatsoever video editing software.

      All tis is a matter of the codecs used, and there are lots of multimedia programs (like music or video converting software etc) where you don't know which codecs are used and what the rights are.

      Back to the PD: AFAIK there's only few new PD nowadays (was great in the late 1980s and later), but many of the authors were unhappy that PD sellers made a lot of money (for copying a disc) with their work.
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  • Profile picture of the author ns17
    Is there any other website like copyscape where we can paste the PLR article and check if it has been used earlier.
    Also I am new on using the PLR articles do we simply copy paste the article on our website or should we edit that.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaxGalitsyn
      Copying articles for the net you can get in trouble either for copyright violation or for duplicate content publishing. I guess you should be careful. At least add original content to your website as well. And probably it is more save and not so expensive to order original niche articles from any copywriting services.

      Originally Posted by ns17 View Post

      Is there any other website like copyscape where we can paste the PLR article and check if it has been used earlier.
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  • Profile picture of the author ddev
    Agree with Amanda. I'd stay away from those mega-bundles.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
    You can easily check to see if the content is plagiarized by using a service such as SmallSEO tools.

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    • Originally Posted by MaxGalitsyn View Post

      Copying articles for the net you can get in trouble either for copyright violation or for duplicate content publishing. I guess you should be careful. At least add original content to your website as well. And probably it is more save and not so expensive to order original niche articles from any copywriting services.


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      Originally Posted by seoboyz01 View Post

      You can easily check to see if the content is plagiarized by using a service such as SmallSEO tools.

      Plagiarism Checker

      Thanks for pointing out these services, didn't know them yet ;-)

      For a first check you could use Google, as already stated by others.

      Another great tool I often used in the past is Plagiarisma.net. It's not completely free (they have free and a premium services). I had some problems with their prooving reports (they also mark common phrases, so you might get a bad uniqueness result), but it's always better than not to proof anything...
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      • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
        Originally Posted by BetterContentWriting View Post

        Thanks for pointing out these services, didn't know them yet ;-)
        SmallSEOTools is free to use for a certain number of times daily.

        The service is very good about detecting even small amounts of plagiarism. However, there are instances, were a commonly used phrase is flagged as plagiarism. You will have to decide if these phrases are relevant to you or if you will leave them intact. Typically speaking, you should delete all hackneyed or dated phrases, even if they are not plagiarized.
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  • Profile picture of the author nizamkhan
    If you want to buy PLR articles, then in first place you should buy from trusted/popular PLR sites. However, not all PLR rights are the same, so it's better to read the license terms before using them. However, if you using the PLR articles that you got from somewhere, rewrite/spin the articles and make them atleast 50% unique, so that you don't get into any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    With all the high quality PLR available today I am surprised threads like this still get posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    We sell a lot of plr a month and have writers constantly writing for us. You get what you pay for in the end....

    I would always rewrite plr if it was going to be published online :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author peare7
    Actually you do not necessarily need to use Copyscape to find out if the PLR is elsewhere on the internet. Usually just pasting in a random line from the PLR within quotation marks in the Google search box will show you the hundreds of other places the same PLR is being used - despite the idea of duplicate content being penalized. It seems that not all sites are penalized for duplicate content.

    The best way to go actually is using public domain material as was suggested. That way you know where your material is coming from and the status of the work can be verified. Of course that would depend on your niche as well as more modern topics would necessitate something more up-to-date but you can still use public domain material as a base. There is modern material too that has been released into the public domain as well as information from federal government sites so those are angles that you might want to look at.
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  • Profile picture of the author peare7
    There is always a risk with PLR material even from reputed sources because those reputed website owners most likely outsource the PLR and may not be sure in every case that every article is legit. that is why it is so much better to use public domain material as at least you know the origin of the material and can check for yourself whether it can be used or not. Yes, much of the public domain content out there is being used by thousands of people but there is still a great heap of material that has not yet been touched by anyone. Take public domain magazine material for instance, when you type in a sentence from many of them you see hardly anyone using it so there you have your "unique" product. There are some niches with great public domain material and practically no one is using the material or at least making some sort of compendium with all that great info.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    First of all, be sure to change the content quite substantially so you are adding more value to the product. Once you are finished, plug it into plagium dot com to check the unique level.
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