Search :Ethics of scraping metadata

Adrian Holovaty’s s got a post about Topix, a news aggregator that presents search results in a newspaper-like format. He’s incensed at their user policy, which restricts usage of the service to individual—-at the same time that they are making their money packaging links and placing search results ads on those pages. He says “I admire the Topix.net proprietors for their gall. But their hypocrisy is undeniably crass.”
A commentator asks: “Is this any different than Google?”