Google will pay Wikipedia for the bits of text from the site that the search engine places with its results.
Google often displays online encyclopedia information prominently next to search results, but often does not mention the source. This has annoyed the foundation behind Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, which has now created a business division.
Google is the first paying customer of the commercial arm of Wikimedia, called Wikimedia Enterprise. Wikipedia, one of the most visited websites in the world, is free to browse and maintained primarily by volunteers. The new agreement with Google does not change this.
Wikipedia currently depends primarily on donations for its finances, including from Google. Wikimedia will not disclose the amount of money involved in the new deal.
The organization also signed a new agreement with the non-profit organization The Internet Archive, which uses its Wayback Machine site to save old web pages for research purposes. This site can make free use of the commercial services of Wikipedia.