This is an excellent point. Yes Amazon should definitely state that what they are reading is from Wikipedia.
James On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote: > Barbara Page, a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar and Wikipedian in Residence at > the University of Pittsburgh, has written a blog post for Wikipediocracy > about how the Amazon Echo's Alexa assistant reads out Wikipedia articles in > response to queries. This includes queries that do not specifically ask for > Wikipedia information. > > What's the deal with the CC licence here? > > To quote from the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported > Licence identified at the bottom of each English Wikipedia page, > > > If You Distribute, or Publicly Perform the Work or any Adaptations or > Collections, *You must,* unless a request has been made pursuant to Section > 4(a), *keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide, > reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing: (i) the name of the > Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied, and/or if the > Original Author and/or Licensor designate another party or parties (e.g., a > sponsor institute, publishing entity, journal) for attribution > ("Attribution Parties") in Licensor's copyright notice, terms of service or > by other reasonable means, the name of such party or parties; (ii) the > title of the Work if supplied; (iii) to the extent reasonably practicable, > the URI, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work, > unless such URI does not refer to the copyright notice or licensing > information for the Work*; and (iv) , consistent with Section 3(b), in the > case of an Adaptation, a credit identifying the use of the Work in the > Adaptation (e.g., "French translation of the Work by Original Author," or > "Screenplay based on original Work by Original Author"). > > > Some similar services preface their Wikipedia readings with "According to > Wikipedia, ..." This is at least a minimum amount of attribution. While I > am not a legal expert, I guess it could be construed as an attempt to > comply with the "reasonable to the medium or means" passage above. It also > tells the user where the information comes from, which is useful from the > standpoint of transparency. > > But the Amazon Echo appears to include no attribution whatsoever when > providing Wikipedia-based answers. On the face of it, this would seem to > violate the terms of the Creative Commons licence (as well as obscuring the > origin of the information provided). Am I missing something? > > Has this ever been the subject of discussions, agreements or understandings > between Amazon and WMF? > > Best, > Andreas > >  http://wikipediocracy.com/2017/07/24/alexa/ > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> -- James Heilman MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>