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[edited by: tedster at 2:15 am (utc) on May 17, 2013]
All others have their PageRank diverted to the page with the most authority.
When a copy receives higher PageRank however, and the switch takes place, all links and social signals will be re-assigned to the “winning” version.
I have an EMD and when Google rolled out that update the domain tanked (from 1st page to like 10th).
@mdotk I would try to build more authoritative links to it and not start from scratch yet.
Well I didn't intend to suggest that anyone start over with a new domain.
I agree with jimbeetle that the EMD penalty is probably the reason that the OP's pages are being outranked by scrapers.
turbocharged, there's no reason to confirm whether the site has been hit by Panda or not, it's stated in the opening post that it was hit by the EMD update.
Exact-Match Domain (EMD) Update — September 27, 2012
Google announced a change in the way it was handling exact-match domains (EMDs). This led to large-scale devaluation, reducing the presence of EMDs in the MozCast data set by over 10%. Official word is that this change impacted 0.6% of queries (by volume).
Panda #20 — September 27, 2012
Overlapping the EMD update, a fairly major Panda update (algo + data) rolled out, officially affecting 2.4% of queries. As the 3.X series was getting odd, industry sources opted to start naming Panda updates in order (this was the 20th).