waynne - 12:02 pm on Sep 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
This is more of a discussion against plagiarised content rather than stolen content.
I personally feel that when something is substantially plagiarised it should be removed and treated as copyright theft, but I do not feel confident enough to send a Copyright removal request in case it was challenged. Also what happens if two or more sources are used? When does this become legitimate research?
I have had many pages plagiarised and often these copied pages outrank me. I have stopped writing articles on my site now because there is just no return anymore - I'm fed up with people taking my knowledge and research and experience and making money of it when I can't even get fresh pages to appear in Google's SERPS!
Eventually the real content writers will be forced to give up like me, and the scrapers and plagiarisers will have no one left to copy.
I have not been hit by any of the recent updates so am trusted by Google yet new pages still do not rank or show up?
IMO - Google should boot all UGC sites from the first page of listings, they just don't belong there. Niche sites should always rank higher than the large corporate "we'll cover everything in the world" sites.