Earlier this yr, lyric annotation website Genius accused Google of lifting its printed lyrics with out permission. Now, Genius is suing the search engine big and LyricFind for no less than $50 million, in keeping with court docket paperwork considered by Pitchfork. Google’s lyrics outcomes come from a licensing partnership with LyricFind, a Canadian lyric sourcing firm.
Within the criticism, Genius alleges that Google LLC and LyricFind have been “caught red-handed misappropriating content material from Genius’s web site, which they’ve exploited—and proceed to use—for their very own monetary profit and to Genius’s monetary detriment.” The go well with additionally states that the Defendants have been “repeatedly confronted by Genius with incontrovertible proof concerning their conduct,” nevertheless they allegedly “assigned blame elsewhere however in any other case continued their illegal conduct.”
Genius’ accusations first got here to gentle in a Wall Avenue Journal report again in June. Genius claims that they found Google’s alleged content material misappropriation by means of their watermark. Genius’ watermark was established someday round 2016, and it makes apostrophes inside lyrics alternate between straight and curly single-quote marks (‘ and ’) in the identical sequence for each tune. While you convert the 2 varieties of apostrophes to dots and dashes, they spell “purple handed” in Morse code—therefore the corresponding language within the lawsuit.
LyricFind beforehand denied lifting content material from Genius. “We don’t supply lyrics from Genius,” LyricFind Chief Govt Darryl Ballantyne instructed the Wall Avenue Journal in a press release.
“We’ve not had any contact with Genius since June, and actually, haven’t even been served with the criticism,” Ballantyne instructed Pitchfork in a press release. “From what we’re studying on-line, it’s utterly frivolous and with out advantage.”
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives at Genius and Google for additional remark.