turbocharged - 7:20 pm on Mar 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere (but unfortunately can't remember where) that Google is okay with ranking scraped content higher than original content if the scraper has more trust and authority, and maybe if it's a brand. Which means, for example, if Amazon suddenly decides to swipe my content, until I issue a DMCA, I'm SOL.
This is another disadvantage of being a small business in today's environment. We find ourselves spending precious time submitting DMCA notices instead of focusing on our core responsibilities. Surely domain authority has to count for something, but it should never trump the authority given to the creator of original content.