Genius says it caught Google red handed copying its lyrics and robbing them of valuable search traffic

Sunday - 16/06/2019 22:35
Desiigner's hit song "Panda" tipped off Genius that Google may be copying some of its lyrics. Courtesy of BFA
Desiigner's hit song "Panda" tipped off Genius that Google may be copying some of its lyrics. Courtesy of BFA
It started in 2016, when Genius got exclusive access to the lyrics for hit song "Panda" by Desiigner. That meant their rendition was spot on while lyrics at most other places were strewn with errors and miscues.

Genius.com is accusing Google of copying its lyrics and displaying them in search results, contributing in part to a broader slide in the site's traffic, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal

Music fans have for years relied on Genius to suss out what musical artists are saying as well as the meaning behind the words. But Google has jumped into the game as well, displaying lyrics in search results and cutting out the need to visit a particular lyrics company's website. 

A few years back, Genius got suspicious that Google was simply lifting its content wholesale — an accusation the search giant denies — and the website devised a ploy to catch them.

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