Google using DMOZ descriptions for listings?

This is a new one to me. It looks like Google is using DMOZ descriptions of sites in their results. Searching for ‘blog’ brings up the following results:

Blogger: Create your Blog Now — FREE

Free, automated weblog publishing tool that sends updates to a site via FTP. – 10k – CachedSimilar pages

Google Blog

Official weblog from Google, with news of new features and discursive articles about the search engine. – 24k – CachedSimilar pages


Blog for America

Blog for America discusses Democracy for America’s grassroots activism, supporting candidates at all levels of government, and features prominent guest – 101k – CachedSimilar pages

All these descriptions have been taken from the directory (copy+paste the description back into Google to prove it). Google would have previously either quoted a block of text from the site or taken the meta description text (if memory serves me well).

It’s all well and good but (and here’s why I suddenly noticed it):

Blogwise – Blog directory

Cybercarnets en différentes langues classés par pays, par mot-clé ou selon leur popularité. – 17k – CachedSimilar pages

…..they’re also taking descriptions from non-English editions of the DMOZ! Eek, I’ll email Google and see if I get a response. No idea how else I’ll ‘fix’ this.