turbocharged - 6:41 pm on Oct 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
indyank, in our industry we do call those that copy content from other sites "content scrapers" which quite often operate "content farms."
Regardless of how I grouped these people and their sites, Matt Cutts has discussed content scrapers in this 1/28/2011 post [mattcutts.com...]
The net effect is that searchers are more likely to see the sites that wrote the original content rather than a site that scraped or copied the original site’s content.
Furthermore, Google has publicly stated their shift towards addressing "content farms" in a post just a week prior (1/21/2011) to the details Matt provided above here [googleblog.blogspot.com...]
As “pure webspam” has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to “content farms,” which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.
indyank, instead of taking a post from Cutts or Google's blog for face value, it must be deciphered and analyzed in context with their current public actions. By doing so, it is quite clear that "content farms" and "scrapers" are indeed a primary target of Panda as noted by the blog posts from Google that preceded Panda's release.