netmeg - 2:53 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
SHOULD such usage be considered duplication when the providers WANT us to do it?
The thing is, it's not really the providers that are the concern here, it's the users. In a situation like yours, why would Google (or any search engine) want to give equal or near-equal weight to multiple copies of the same information? I can tell you that when I'm searching, if I type in a string and see 10 or 20 results that are exactly the same thing residing on different domains, I am not a happy camper.
Someone needs to come up with a new model for syndication. I don't know what it is (and I am actually on both sides of the issue on various sites I own and/or run for clients) so I can see the issues both ways. And I can even understand where Google is coming from about not wanting to show 200 copies of the exact same thing (although they haven't figured out how to get it right yet either)