You should visit the freelance sites more often and look at all the "write 500 articles for peanuts" and "rewrite 100 copyscape proof articles" projects. Copied and recreated content has nothing to do anymore with scraping robots. It is a large professional industry with cheap manpower from low-wages countries.
Content for new sites is dead because search engines can't decide anymore if the writers are legitimate authors or just smart copiers. Established content sites still fly because of their track record. "Content is King" is the mantra for sites which have been on the net for several years, not for the newbies.