Google will pay online encyclopedia Wikipedia for the pieces of text from the site that the search engine places with its results.
Google often shows information from the free website in a prominent place next to the search results, but often does not mention the source. That annoyed the foundation behind Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, which has now set up a commercial division.
Google is the first paying customer of Wikimedia’s commercial arm, which is called Wikimedia Enterprise. Wikipedia, one of the world’s most visited websites, is free to consult and maintained primarily by volunteers. The new agreement with Google does not change that.
Wikipedia currently relies mainly on donations for its finances, including from Google. Wikimedia will not disclose how much money is involved in the new agreement. The organization has also signed a new deal with the nonprofit organization The Internet Archive, which uses its Wayback Machine site to save old web pages for research. This site may use Wikipedia’s commercial services for free.