Over the last couple of years, if you enter the name of the song in Google, it will pop up a window with the lyrics, in addition to the usual search results. It is a useful tool, but one company specializing in song lyrics, Genius Media, said that Google years, copies of their lyrics for their search results.
Genius was founded in 2009, it has positioned itself as a platform “to annotate clever rap lyrics”. Since inception it has expanded to other types of music and became an important place for music lovers. This is the area where you can comment and discuss your favorite songs. Genius Media claims that Google copies their texts. It is said that he had accused the search giant. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing The Wall Street Journal and The Verge.
In a statement to The Verge, Director of strategy Genius Ben gross said that the company “again and again Google demonstrates irrefutable evidence that they display the texts copied from the Genius in his Lyrics as a onebox. This is a serious problem, and Google needs to solve it.” The site used a clever trick to find out whether his texts are copied and re-posted: it uses a series of alternating straight and curved apostrophes in texts, which he places to form a type of a watermark. Converting templates in Morse code reveals the words “Red-Handed”.
Google told the WSJ that it licenses content from third parties, LyricFind Inc., and that it requires more qualitative evidence. Google said: “We take very seriously the rights of authors, and we believe our partners are responsible for licensing in accordance with the terms of our agreement.” LyricFind denies that he takes the lyrics from a Genius.
In a statement to The Verge, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the information in the search results are licensed from various sources, and stated that the company is investigating this issue with partners in the data, and if they discover that the partners do not adhere to best practices, that will put an end to their agreements. A complaint was received due to the fact that the U.S. Department of justice is reportedly planned to start an antitrust investigation against Google for its business practices, and politicians began to call for the collapse of the largest technology companies.