Genius.com accuses Google of copying its song lyrics


If you enter a song title in Google over the past two years, you'll see a box with lyrics next to your usual search results. It's a useful tool, but Genius Media, a song lyrics specialist, says Google has been copying lyrics for search results for years.

Genius has been around since 2009 and has portrayed itself as a "platform for commenting on clever rap lyrics," then expanded to other types of music, and music fans can annotate and discuss their favorite songs I expanded it to a space. According to Genius Media The Wall Street Journal Google copied the lyrics. The site has complained to the search industry over the past several years.

In a statement to The Verge Ben Gross, the Genius Chief Strategy Officer, continued to show Google's irrefutable evidence that the company "repeatedly displays the lyrics copied from Genius on the Lyrics OneBox. The problem is serious and we need to fix this. "

We used a neat trick on the site to see if the lyrics were actually copied and republished. Lyrics use a series of straight and curved apostrophes. The host forms the watermark type. When you convert the pattern to Morse code, the word "Red Handed" appears. Although we contacted Google and shared their opinions, WSJ licensed the content of LyricFind Inc, a third party, and "We take the rights of the data quality creator very seriously and make the licensing agreement responsible for the terms of our contract." LyricFind I rejected the lyrics of Genius.

In a statement to The Verge a Google spokesperson confirmed that the information in the search results was licensed from a variety of sources, and that the company "is investigating this issue with its data partners. "

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Updated on June 16 at 5:30 PM. : Updated with Google's statement.

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