Google will pay the online encyclopedia Wikipedia for the pieces of text from the site that the search engine places in its results. The search engine often displays information from the free website next to its search results, but does not always mention the source. This disturbs the foundation behind Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, which has now set up a commercial division.
Google is now the first paying customer of the commercial arm of Wikimedia (Wikimedia Enterprise). Wikipedia, one of the most visited websites in the world, is free and maintained mainly by volunteers. The new agreement with Google will not change anything.
Currently, Wikipedia depends mainly on donations for its finances, particularly from Google. Wikimedia will not disclose the amount involved in the new deal. The organization has also entered into a new agreement with the non-profit organization The Internet Archive, whose Wayback Machine site preserves old web pages for research purposes. This site may use the commercial services of Wikipedia free of charge.