Genius lyrics site denounces Google and LyricFind, writes news website The Verge . Genius is requesting $ 400 million in damages because Google would copy lyrics from the website and use them in search results.
Earlier this year, Genius already accused Google of copying texts. Google has been using Genius lyrics for a few years to display above search results, website creators say. When users google the lyrics of a song, it appears in a separate frame. People can then read the text directly, without clicking through to a website.
In the complaint, Genius now states that Google's behavior is not only contrary to its terms of service, but also benefits from the "ten years and tens of millions of dollars" that Genius has spent to build its business and its database. According to the company, this means unfair competition.
In addition, Genius wants a permanent injunction against LyricFind, which reads: "banning the continued misuse of content on the Genius website, including licensing such content to third parties, such as Google."
A watermark in morse code
Genius can follow lyrics taken from their website with a smart watermark. In their lyrics, they alternate the use of straight and crooked apostrophes in a specific way. The brackets can be converted to morse code according to the site. The signs together mean ' red-handed ', English for 'in the act'.
Genius is one of the best known websites on which lyrics are collected. The site has been around since 2009 and specialized in rap texts in the early years. Meanwhile, lyrics from many different music genres can be found.
Google has not yet responded to the charge. The company responded to earlier allegations that the lyrics are selected by partners, including LyricFind. "We take the quality of information and creators very seriously and we keep our license partners responsible," Google wrote at the time.