Google has added a new answer/snippet box to the top of the search results, this new one is for famous people quotes. If you search for a famous person and add “quotes” to the end of the query, it is likely that you will see the box.
The issue is, it appears that Google is pulling the quotes from across the web but not citing or sourcing the location they found these famous quotes. This would obviously upset webmasters who spent time and money licensing and/or cultivating web sites with these quotes, just to find Google place a box at the top of the search results with the answer to the searchers query. This would lead to less traffic for these famous quote web sites.
Alex Chitu notes, “it’s worth pointing out that Google doesn’t link to the sources,” adding “quotes are extracted from various web pages and attribution seemed unnecessary for Google.”
Here is an example of how the famous quote box looks like in the top of the search results on desktop and mobile.
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