Genius Media Group has accused Google of stealing lyrics published on its site.
Genius is alleged that since Google has been stealing their lyrics, their own traffic is dropping - and now they want payback.
According to WSJ, Genius said it notified Google as far back as 2017, and again in an April letter, that copied transcriptions appear on Google’s website.
“Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” said Ben Gross, Genius’s chief strategy officer, in an email message. The company said it used a watermarking system in its lyrics that embedded patterns in the formatting of apostrophes.
In a written statement, Google said the lyrics on its site, which pop up in little search-result squares called “information panels,” are licensed from partners, not created by Google.
“We take data quality and creator rights very seriously and hold our licensing partners accountable to the terms of our agreement,” Google said.
They deny any wrongdoing.