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Essentially, your authors should each have a Google+ profile page with a decent "head shot" thumbnail - and then you use the re;="author" markup on their articles to indicate who they are. The head shot can end up being used in the SERPs when their article ranks for a query. That can really boost clickthrough!
That can really boost clickthrough!..for "can" read "may" ..as in not guaranteed..
do you know if this can (or should) be applied retroactively to existing works? Is it needed on every static web page or just blog articles? Perhaps a new thread on authorship is in order.
and if the infringers are on page 1 and the artists are on page two ..all the "head shots" in the world are not going to get a click through to the real owner ..the click will have happened the page before..
I personally find that quite amazing. I wasn't expecting such a good response, but it's certainly a promising start.
In other words you're offering the thieves a deal at the expense of the original owners with the link-back.
I imagine that altruism will die off rather quickly once you realize how many Adsense content thieves there are. Plus if your site is utilizing Adsense Google could turn around and kill your own cash flow.
Webmaster creates a page or pages, or alters a page/pages.."submits" immediately..G's system "time stamps" the submission..original attribution assigned.