I know sometimes it is hard to believe but search engines love original content. Not going into the history of the Internet gold rush but there is good reason why the search engines want to punish copied content but now that also do not want to punish the publisher just because their content was copied. I believe authorship will go a long way helping your ranking. I think it also will go a long way toward helping protect your creative works too. I know google wants you to verify your sites and authorship via google plus pages. However, I think bing and facebook are looking for the site to verify internally. Anyone else here much about the dynamics and how this might play out?