Lyrics site Genius accuses Google of copying its lyrics data

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No doubt, Genius is one of the most popular lyrics websites. However, from the past few years, you might have seen that on searching for lyrics on Google, most probably you get Google’s lyrics at first. This lead to a decrease in the traffic of lyrics site like Genius. And now, Genius is accusing Google to copy their lyrics and showing it in the search results.

The lyrics website told the Wall Street Journal that Google has been using lyrics directly from Genius.com. Furthermore, the website reportedly alerted Google to the infractions in 2017 and again in April. “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” a website representative told the outlet.

Genius has found the stolen lyrics by means of a specific pattern of straight and curly apostrophes which Genius uses in the lyrics. When this pattern gets converted to morse code, the pattern spells “red-handed.” It claims that it found over 100 examples of stolen lyrics via this method.

In defense to accuse, Google told the WSJ that lyrics are licensed from partners rather than created by the Mountain View company. However, the company later mentioned to investigating the issue and would end deals with partners who were “not upholding good practices.”

While at the other end, Google lyric partner LyricFind denied that it has stolen contents from Genius. It claims that they produce their own lyrics and never copies from anywhere else without credits.

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