Genius Accuses Google Of Stealing Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

The tech titan may have been caught red-handed.

(AllHipHop News) Genius had become the go-to website to discover the lyrics for songs. The digital media company is claiming it's losing internet traffic because Google is lawfully lifting lyrics and re-posting them in search results without permission instead of routing users to lyric sites.

Rolling Stone reports:

Starting in 2016, Genius positioned both “straight” and “curly” apostrophes in their lyrics which, when converted into dots and dashes like Morse code, spelled out the words “Red Handed.” Genius added that, using these apostrophes, they found over 100 instances of Google using Genius’ own lyrics in the Google search results.

“Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” the company's chief strategy officer Ben Gross told the Wall Street Journal. “We noticed that Google’s lyrics matched our lyrics down to the character.”

Google is denying fault. The search engine giant insisted their partnership with LyricFind provided lyrics through a deal with music publishers. LyricFind Chief Executive Darryl Ballantyne declared, "We do not source lyrics from Genius."

Besides running a website and a mobile app, Genius also has a popular YouTube channel with over 5.6 million subscribers. Artists regularly break down their lyrics on the Verified series, and the channel hosts Rob Markman's For The Record weekly talk show.

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