martinibuster - 7:51 am on Jun 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Kendo, I have been using Tucows since the nineties and have even used them on behalf of clients. I am very familiar with Tucows.
Tucows is not a good example of duplicate content sinking a site's ranking. Tucows' problems with ranking are entirely of their own making, it's their fault, not Google.
Number one, if they're publishing PAD file content without encouraging community such as Downloads.com and other sites do, as well as not featuring original editor reviews such as Download.com and other sites do, then Tucows made their bed and are sleeping in it. In other words, Tucows rankings are their own fault, not an issue with Google. There are several other issues wrong with Tucows' software download site but I don't want to turn this into a site review so I will stop here. I just wanted to point out that the issue Tucows is having is unrelated to copied content.