Genius: We Caught Google Red Handed Stealing Our Lyrics


However, the fact that it's investigating the issue with its partners, and is willing to end agreements with those who don't "uphold good practices" could bode well for Genius, whose traffic has suffered dramatically since Google started displaying song lyrics in its search results. Obviously, when this same pattern appeared on lyrics found on Google Search, Google had to concede that Genius' transcriptions were being viewed on Search. Called Genius Media Group Inc., the firm claims that Google copied its content (lyrics) and is showing it to millions of users on the search result.

We've all had moments whereby we proceed to confidently belt out lyrics to a song, only to be smugly informed by a friend that "those are not the right words", before proceeding to google the lyrics for the next time we decide to break out in song. The company uses alternating forms of straight and curly single-quote apostrophes (see image below) in the exact same sequence for every song.

Song lyrics and trivia website Genius has accused Google of stealing its work for its own search results, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Genius has known about the issue since way back in 2017, when executives penned a letter requesting the company not to use lyrics taken from their platform. But the rapper had worked out a deal with Genius to directly provide the site with the actual lyrics to the song.

"We take data quality and creator rights very seriously and hold our licensing partners accountable to the terms of our agreement", Google said adding than an investigation is under way.

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But on the other hand, Google says the content that shows up in this information panels are is provided by third-party licensed companies.

You wouldn't have thought that Google would need to cheat on its homework considering it's one of the most powerful and well funded companies in the world.

Google denies the accusation; however, the report arises amongst interest in investigating America's largest tech companies. The Mountain View-based company further said that it is now investigating the issue and will end agreements with partners "not upholding good practices".

For its part, Google doesn't admit to being caught "red-handed".