atlrus - 11:33 am on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
but that's always been the nature of search engines
I disagree. The nature of a search engine has NEVER been about providing content. There is a reason why Google's home page is empty - that's all they have.
What you are describing is often referred to as "content scraper".
Anyone is welcome to prevent Google or any other bot from visiting their site, and in Google's case, the taking of your content.
Right now google is using two lines full of mumbo-jumbo right under a big fat link to my website. I can live with that and so do many others. But if tomorrow Google decided to simply post my content on their page as the returned result - you better believe people won't put up with it for long.
Again, I would be more than happy, I would be ecstatic, if this is the direction Google is taking. They have a long, long record of being a failure in anything but being a traditional search engine (and even that has been called into question by more and more people).