CainIV - 5:21 am on Aug 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
Unfortunately this barely touches the iceberg. The problem is more widespread than a handful of network "bad guys" actively scraping pages. In the meantime, real revenues for real hardworking people are, and have been in jeopardy.
This change is simply window dressing after the Panda update since many webmasters rightfully complained about scraper sites outranking them.
Counter with a web form.
If Google wanted to get serious, with its mammoth revenue, and if preventing scrapers somehow generated revenue for Google, a system would have already been developed long ago.
The fact that webmasters are given a simple form, when in fact the algorithm should have long addressed content ownership, is rather deflating.