I want to bring a legal concern here on Google's misuse of our content. [It
came up today on
that the GoogleTV app had linked a movie description text in Catalan language
(which in principle it should be good news regarding language normalization).
However, shortly after a wikipedian colleague realised that the text was fully
taken by the Catalan Wikipedia. Once I downloaded the app by myself, I
double-checked that Google does not specify anywhere (or at least that I could
find minimally visible) that those lines belong to Wikipedia: neither the
origin, the license, nor a link to the full article or to the CC license.
I'd like to recall the licensing footpage on Wikipedia(Text is available under
the [Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
and its conditions, as well as to ask others to check whether there's more
situations like this one. It's worth noting how wrong this is to minoritised
language Wikipedias: not only the legal issue itself, but also the lack of
legitimate clicks and views that we end up losing, the confusion and
misunderstandings from the readers that think this is a win by Google (the
example I shared, with both screenshots enclosed), and even a subsequent
chicken-and-egg situation that can lead to deleted articles by some users
thinking that the content was stolen from Google and not actually the opposite.
I remember that there was a previous thread here, not so long ago, about the
problems of Google taking over our data and therefore diminishing clicks to the
Wikimedia projects. Considering that I am fully against the GAFAM-drift that
the WMF is increasingly adopting by benefiting from Google in our human,
economical and digital structures, I prefer to share it here as well -and not
only to the legal team of the WMF (cced).
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