Re: "We're not a monopoly, honest..."
lol did you even read what happened?
Newspaper says pay up or go away so Google stops including their articles in Google News.
Fast-forward a bit and newspaper realises that most of its traffic is driven through Google News (not the search engine which still returns searches for the newspaper) so they come crawling back and ask to be included again.
If they have issues with copy-write of the snippets that Google use then that is fair enough, they can simply disable indexing/robots etc.
It seems strange that no one actually does though, obviously the newspapers get more value from the service than they believe their snippets are worth.
Google obviously make money indirectly from the service, so it is a symbiotic relationship. Certain publishers would much rather it be a parasitic relationship.
What is crap is that its been make a requirement. Shouldn't publishers get to choose if they want to use the service?