[Foundation-l] Google Translate now assists with human translations of Wikipedia articles

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 23:25:48 UTC 2009

 On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 1:14 AM, Brian<Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
> In the absence of a specific argument against my argument, my argument holds
> - Google imports the data into their own service and there is no
> contradiction.
> Suppose however that my argument did not hold - that when Google download's
> data to their own servers on behalf of a user this section of the ToS
> becomes a legally binding contract between Google and the user. Is there a
> contradiction between the ToS and Wikipedia's copyright policy?
> On the one hand we have Google's ToS which states that when a user imports
> data they grant Google rights that, legally, the user cannot grant. On the
> other hand Google has clearly created a service that is meant to assist
> Wikipedian's in translating articles from one language to another so that
> the data might be imported back into Wikipedia. The very existence of such a
> service, created for the express purpose of operating on GFDL/CC-BY-SA text,
> automatically voids the statement in the ToS because it is nonsensical. If
> Google were to try to make a legal claim on the content, which they would
> not, they would have no legal basis on which to do so.

I do not see your argument... There is a contract between Google and
the user, granting Google certain rights. Why does the fact that the
user (and/or Google) intends to use the material for something else
void this contract?

André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com

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