On 20 December 2015 at 15:59, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Can you tell me just whose interests it serves if re-users do not have to
> indicate that the data they're showing their users come from Wikidata? Max
> Klein mused that the big search engines might be paying for Wikidata "to
> remove a blemish on their perceived omniscience", because they can present
> Wikidata content as though they had compiled it themselves.[1] That is at
> least a plausible line of thought; but whom else does it serve?
Anyone who doesn't want to spend way too much of their time worrying about
copyright law.

> So, who in society benefits, other than (arguably) the big commercial
> search engines?

The big search engine companies could make their in house version with
little effort. An open version means that they have to put up with everyone
else having access to it.

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