I agree with you.
This is why....
Because I have done EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING to get out of Panda hell. And I listened to "expert" advice. I even had a few experts offer to look at my site. And some even said... "Your loss of traffic over night on April 11th has nothing to do with Panda."
WHAT? That's one hell of a coincidence.
Only NOW am I looking into MY SITE being seen as the duplicator. I didn't consider it before - because I assumed I was the authority for my own content. Doing the cut/paste on my own content into Google search has been..... heartbreaking. SOOOOO many copies and I don't even rank? Some of the thieves not only rank higher than me - but they rank for stories about my life, my kids.... my family, my career AND, get this.... they are using images from my site and using MY bandwidth to run them! AND THEY RANK HIGHER THAN ME?! Or I don't rank at all?
How is this possible?
And how can this not have panda-ish consequences?
So at this point. I am left with the only solution I know.
1. Find/Identify the thieves using the cut/paste method. Yes... this is tedious BS - but there is NO OTHER WAY.
2. Either send DMCAs or if there are 20+ copies of your work, re-write your article/post and have a small mourning moment for the beautiful, personal, well thought out content you originally wrote that no longer belongs to you - even if it is something you wrote about your own personal life.
Google has this wrong. It's a flat out disgrace. I don't know who moderates these forums - I don't know if they work for Google or want to work for Google - not sure -- but there are a lot of regular people like me that lost their income, their work, their career because of Panda.
We are not all whiners with MFA websites crying over Adsense income loss. ::rolls eyes::
We are not all SEO Diva wannabes. Parading around with our big peacock feathers that drip of SEO-epic-ness.
Sometimes we're just regular people with blogs that kick ass. Some times nice guys finish last. Some times Google is wrong.