Google today answered to an ongoing controversy involving the lyrics provider and the annotator Genius Media, who accused of copying his song and republishing it as part of a feature of his search engine.
From now on, Google claims to receive all lyrics from its songs via third-party providers. He asks the provider in question, LyricFind, "to investigate the problem in order to ensure that they are following industry best practices," said Google. He will also now publicly quote the lyrics provider that he uses when he shows up the piece in the search results.
The argument stems from a practice that Genius started around 2016 to find out which lyrics providers could copy the lyrics of his songs without credit. Genius begins by signing contracts with music publishers to republish the lyrics of the songs on its website because they are copyrighted and can not be reissued without paying the songwriters. The company then earns money by providing its words and annotations – to explain stories, context and hidden meanings – to companies like Spotify.
Genius hypothesized that other companies were copying his words. She started to watermark them using a special formatting sequence for single quotes. The company claims that Google, by publishing its own rights in the search results, reduces its advertising activities, and came up with the proof that he provided The Wall Street Journal. "We noticed that Google's words matched our words and the character," Genius chief strategy officer Ben Gross told reporters. WSJ.
LyricFind, in which Google has entered the lyrics into the search results, claims that it does not take the words of Genius, but that it pays music publishers the right to use the lyrics and words that he creates his own database that he checks against other sites for lyrics. So, without knowing it, LyricFind used the words of Genius, but that does not mean that it was done on purpose.
Whatever the truth, Google says in essence that it has nothing to do with the alleged robbery. Thus, if lyrics providers in future refuse the data about the songs that appear in the search results, Google will direct them in the direction of the company that provides them with these words.