I develop and sell a software product. I won't mention it here.
My website is already quite high on google for most of the keywords anyone could use when searching for my product.
So I'm not trying to get higher but I'm concerned now that around 200 (and rising) other websites (Shareware archives etc) have published a product description (Around 200 words) about my product/site and also a direct linnk to my home page.
The text they use is similar but not identical to my own content - after all, there's only so many many ways to describe a blue widgit.
What I mean is that their content isn't the same as mine but they all have the same content as each other - if you see what I mean.
I have no control over the other sites.
Am I likely to get penalized ? Or could this in fact help me get even higher although that isn't really my concern - I just want to stay where I am