A week or so ago, Wikipedia announced Wikimedia Enterprise, a paid service for large organizations who want to repurpose Wikimedia content, to pay for that content. So Google, who repurposes a lot of Wikipedia content, will start to pay for content shown in Google Search, like the knowledge panels.
“The focus is on organizations that want to repurpose Wikimedia content in other contexts, providing data services at a large scale, so that they are faster and more comprehensive, reliable, and secure. Wikimedia Enterprise aims to improve the user experience of Wikimedia’s readers beyond our own websites; increase the reach and discoverability of the content; and improve awareness and ease of attribution and verifiability by the organizations that reuse Wikimedia project data the most—through self-funding services,” do I have to pay to post that?:)
As part of that, according to Neowin, “Google has entered into a formal agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that manages Wikipedia. The search giant will pay for Wikipedia content that’s displayed in the “Knowledge Panel” and search results.”
Sounds good to me – but I believe Google has been one of Wikipedia’s largest donors for a while? Via Wikipedia:
(1) In 2008, various news sources reported that most of Wikipedia’s traffic came from referrals from Google search.
(2) In February 2010, Google gave US$2,000,000 as its first grant to the Wikimedia Foundation. Google founder Sergey Brin commented that “Wikipedia is one of the greatest triumphs of the internet”
(3) In January 2019, Google donated $3 million to the Wikimedia Foundation.
(4) In June 2022, Google and the Internet Archive were announced as Wikimedia Enterprise’s first customers, though only Google will be paying for the service.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
Google Says They Have Algorithms To Detect & Demote AI Plagiarized Content
Duy Nguyen from Google’s search quality team said in the Google office hours video that Google has “algorithms to go after” those who post AI plagiarized content, then the algorithms can “demote site scraping content from other sites.”
The question was asked at the 9:19 mark which was “How should content creators respond to sites that use AI to plagiarize the content, modify it, and then outrank them in search results?”
Duy Nguyen said, “Scraping content, even with some modification, is against our spam policy.” Duy added that Google has “many algorithms to go after such behaviors and demote site scraping content from other sites.”
If Google messes up, and “if you come across sites that repeatedly scrape content, that perform well on Search, please feel free to report them to us, with our spam report form so that we can further improve our systems, both in detecting the spam and also ranking overall,” he added.
Here is the video embed:
Later on in the video, at 17:05 mark a similar question was asked and answered by Duy:
Kunal asked why Google is not taking action on copy or spun web stories? Can you check on Discover?
Thank you for the report. We are aware of these attempts and we are looking into them. In general, sites with spammy scraped content violate our spam policy, and our algorithms do a pretty good job of demoting them in search results.
Forum discussion at Twitter.