lgn1 - 11:40 am on Sep 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
Save your breath... A little honesty with Google will get you nothing.
We have a good working relationship with Google, and it is done via transparency and openness. If you are going to do something that you think may be a violation of the TOS, talk to Google, and they will give their opinion (in writing).
I suspect that the Google life time ban is like the life time ban they give to teens at the mall. Do you think they are going to throw that teen out of the mall in 10 years time, when they have become a (hopefully mature) adult, with hopefully wads of cash to spend.
Domain names change owner ship, content changes, personal identification such as addresses, credit card numbers, email addresses, go stale after several years. It would be pointless keeping a blacklist for more than five to seven years.
If you are developing a business model that satisfies a customers need, (rather than generate affiliate marketing crap, arbitrage and get rich rich scams), I'm sure that Google will eventually forgive and forget.
You lose nothing by talking with Google first.