I know that the content of a search engine is copyrighted. I am only interested in saving the results of a search in a more automated fashion for my own personal use.
Now, years ago, when the internet was young, a friend of mine and I used to discuss how a web site could hide it source from the browser. Let me explain. In Internet Explorer, one can easily find out how a web site's HTML code looks like by just going to the menu and clicking View->Source (the menu is still there, by the way, just like in the old days, you just need to hit the ALT key).
All of the source code, that is, all of the HTML code used to make a web page is right there for anyone to see. This is the spirit of the internet, as being all open and honest to the user. I guess they did this for anyone who was paranoid about subliminal advertising or hidden graphics so that THE MAN could not use is mind control... or whatever.
When I open a browser; go to google.com; search on "test string" I get my first page of results. Then if I click on the browser menu to save the source code as "data.html" and then open "data.html" inside the browser, it shows the google home page instead of the results page. How does google do this trick and how can I get the results page programatically.
Anyway, if you want to see and copy/save the altered html code and you're using Firefox you can use the Firebug add-on to do so. Or if you're using Google Chrome you can just hit F12 to see everything. I'm not sure how to do it in Internet Explorer.