In the last couple of years, if you write the title of a song on Google, you'll get a box that includes its lyrics, along with the usual search results. It's a useful tool, but a company that specializes in song lyrics, Genius Media, says Google has been copying its lyrics for years for its search results.
Genius has been around since 2009, and describes itself as a platform "platform for scoring smart rap lyrics", and since then it has expanded to other types of music, and a place for music fans comment and discuss your favorite songs. Genius Media says that Google has been copying its lyrics, according to The Wall Street Journal . The site says it has filed its complaint with the search giant for years.
In a statement to The Verge Genius Strategy Director, Ben Gross, said the company has "shown Google irrefutable evidence over and over again that they are displaying copied letters of Genius in their OneBox Lyrics This is a serious problem, and Google needs to solve it. "
The site used a good trick to find out if its lyrics are being copied and republished: it uses a series of straight and curved apostrophes alternating in the letter it Hosts to form a type of watermark The conversion of the patterns into Morse code reveals the words "Red Handed." We contacted Google for comments, but the company told the WSJ that it licenses the content of a third party, LyricFind Inc., and that it takes "data quality." And the rights of the creators are very serious and hold our licensing partners responsible for the terms of our agreement. "LyricFind denied that he took the Genius lyrics.
In a statement to The Verge a Google spokesperson confirmed that the information in the search results is licensed from several sources, and says that the company is "investigating this problem with our data partners and If we find that the partners are not defending good practices, we will finalize our agreements. "
The complaint arises because, according to reports, the US Department of Justice. UU plans to launch an antitrust investigation against Google for its business practices, and how politicians have begun to ask for the breakup of the largest technology firms.
Updated on June 16 at 5:30 PM ET : updated with a Google statement.