falsepositive - 1:20 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
dickbaker, they may want to give us time to absorb the blow. Perhaps their algo is not that 'perfect' and needs some external verifications. DMCAs will help your case. We are basically helping G vacuum the internet for them, while paving the way for some kind of cyclical penalty strategy.
In the end, we will all end up with a more unique internet. Now besides the other factors like SEO and such, we will all be battling over who has the most unique + relevant content!
And the devaluation of links here in favor of content uniqueness is interesting also. This will bury duplicators, plagiarists, mechanical turks, scrapers, even link buyers/sellers if your link buying/selling can't support a unique site.
It is sending a message that your site's age, authority and link profile don't matter as much if your content is not protected or unique enough.
If I ensure my site is "clean" and truly entirely unique, next algo push, I will be made whole, and may potentially spike higher in results when that penalty goes away. The less unique bunch above will fall and that cycle starts again. So does that result in a healthier web?
I'm trying to see the justification in using scapegoats here and allowing for the crap to filter up.