jonathanleger - 2:40 am on Mar 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
The whole issue is idiotic because most search engines provide the technology for the website to dictate if the content is indexed (NOINDEX) or whether even a snippet appears (NOSNIPPET) in the first place.
If it's an RSS feed, the website controls whether it's a full or partial feed as well.
In virtually every other area of business and commerce the business has to ask permission first before using another entity's property. But not so with search, where the engines get to use our content unless we tell them not to.
This has become so commonly accepted that people just don't get it when the entity whose property is being used without permission makes an issue of it rather than just modifying their content to prevent it from being indexed.
Right or wrong? I'm not making that judgement. I just find it very interesting.