This is an excellent point. Yes Amazon should definitely state that what
they are reading is from Wikipedia.


On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Andreas Kolbe <> wrote:

> Barbara Page, a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar and Wikipedian in Residence at
> the University of Pittsburgh, has written a blog post[1] 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
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