Google agrees to pay for content on Wikipedia

Los Angeles: Similar to agreements the US tech giant has made with European news organizations, Google has agreed to pay Wiki­pedia for content displayed by its search engine.

The nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, announced that Google was the first paying client of Wikimedia Enterprise, a for-profit division it launched last year.

The commercial services will be provided to The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that manages a website called the Wayback Machine that archives screenshots of webpages and is used to correct Wikipedia links. Wikimedia’s Lane Becker said in a statement on Tuesday, “We’re happy to be working with them both as our longtime partners.”

One of the most popular websites on the planet, Wikipedia, is updated by volunteers and supported by donations. It is free to access.

According to the foundation, the new commercial arm won’t alter this arrangement for individual consumers.

In its “knowledge panel,” a sidebar that appears alongside the primary search results, Google pulls content from the website. A practice that sparked criticism from Wikimedia was that the source of information is not always displayed. Google has previously made grants and donations to Wikipedia.

According to Google’s Tim Palmer, “We have long supported the Wikimedia Foundation in its efforts to further our mutual objectives of increasing knowledge and information access for everyone.” Unfortunately, the value of the Google deal was not disclosed in the foundation’s announcement.

By agreeing on a structure for the US company to pay news outlets for material, French regulators and Google on Tuesday ended their animosity that had lasted years.