Genius Alleges That Google Is Copying Its Lyric Data
Genius has accused tech-giant Google of copying its lyric data and further hurting the company’s internet traffic via the tech giants lyric cards. In a new complaint registered by Genius, the company states that the evidence is in the apostrophes of its lyrics. Acting as a water-mark, the company stated that it had purposefully alternated between straight and curved apostrophes to see what occurred, and in over 100 different instances, those exact apostrophes were listed in Google’s lyrics.
In a recent statement to Wall Street Journal, Google denied anything malicious, stating that its copyright team takes such issues “very seriously” and held its sourcing partners “accountable” for what information they’ve sourced and supplied the company with. One of the tech firm’s partners, LyricFind, told WSJ that its team doesn’t source from Genius, with both the LyricFind and Google yet to address why the lyrics matched.
Genius hasn’t pursued any lawsuits over the circumstances but has stated that Google has violated its antitrust law and its terms of service. The company first reported the issue back in 2017. Google is currently facing a $1.7 billion EU fine over antitrust laws for restrictive ad contracts.