Genius Accuses Google of Lifting Lyrics

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Google campus in Mountain View, California (AMY OSBORNE/AFP/Getty Images)
Google campus in Mountain View, California (AMY OSBORNE/AFP/Getty Images)

Google publishes lyrics immediately in search pages, and Genius claims that the search engine big lifted lyrics with out permission. In a new report from the Wall Street Journal, representatives from Genius stated the positioning’s “watermarked” lyrics are exhibiting up on Google. Representatives from Google say the corporate is at the moment investigating Genius’ claims.

Genius’ watermark, established someday round 2016, makes it so apostrophes inside lyrics alternate between straight and curly single-quote marks (‘ and ’) in the identical sequence for each tune. When you change the 2 forms of apostrophes to dots and dashes, they spell “red handed” in Morse code.

“Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius in their Lyrics OneBox,” Genius’ Chief Strategy Officer Ben Gross stated in an announcement. “This is a serious issue, and Google needs to address it.”

“The lyrics displayed in the information boxes on Google Search are licensed from a variety of sources and are not scraped from sites on the web,” a Google spokesperson stated in an announcement. “We take data quality and creator rights very seriously, and hold our licensing partners accountable to the terms of our agreement. We’re investigating this issue with our data partners and if we find that partners are not upholding good practices we’ll end our agreements.”

Google says its lyrics outcomes come from a licensing partnership with the Canadian firm LyricsDiscover. “We do not source lyrics from Genius,” LyricFind Chief Executive Darryl Ballantyne advised the Wall Street Journal in an announcement.

 
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