The American digital media company Genius has come forward with an interesting allegation against Google. The company, well-known for its lyric interpretations, has raised a claim on the search engine giant, accusing them of stealing lyrics right from their website and pasting them onto Google’s own search page.
Therefore, when a visitor is looking for lyrics by typing them on Google's search tab, they no longer need to click on Genius' link as the lyrics are already right there in front of them. While this is a very quick solution and even easier for the visitor, Genius declared that they are quickly losing clicks as a result.
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Of course, each song has their own lyrics and it is perfectly natural for them to be the same across the web. The situation, even if it is frowned upon, is technically not a crime. However, Genius is sure that Google is copying the “exact’’ same lyrics from Genius.com's pages and that's what sets them off.
One of Genius' strong proofs for the accusation is Google’s posting the exact lyrics to the song Panda by Desiigner right after Genius.
The song is actually very difficult to understand but the rapper, Desiigner, has given Genius.com (and Genius.com alone) the lyrics to his song. Sometime later though, Google has shared the same lyrics as well.
How do they know that?
Genius has explained that they have warned Google authorities multiple times about this situation, seeing that their traffic rates are dropping day by day for several years now — exactly since Google started showing the lyrics on the search page before the visitors get to click on any of the results.
So the company wanted to take measures by implanting “something that misses the eye’’ to watermark their lyrics, using carefully placed single and curly quotation marks. Much like its name, the genius company used Morse Code to support their claim and to show that Google is, in fact, swiping their lyrics.
The cunning team made sure the punctuation marks to spell out RED HANDED when they're reversed and read in dots and dashes, just like Morse Code, to catch Google red-handed stealing the lyrics. Consequently, Google fell right into the trap and copied the exact lyrics, including the message of the Genius.com team.
Google reps have of course denied the allegations, claiming they already do have a partner for finding lyrics that is another lyric website “LyricFind’’ which, unsurprisingly, also supports Google.