Genius has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the tech giant has copied texts from its platform for song annotations. Genius claims that the Lyric licensing company LyricFind has retrieved texts from the Genius pages and that Google has used those texts in the search results watermarks after suspecting that Google had stolen the company's content for digital media. In an effort to break Google, Genius used alternate apostrophes ̵
Five months ago Genius first shared his hidden code and publicly accused Google of lifting the lyrics. "Google knowingly displays texts copied from Genius in search results to prevent users from leaving Google to switch to other websites," said Genius Chief Strategy Officer, Ben Gross , opposite Gizmodo in June . "You know that for two years and it's clearly unfair and anti-competitive."
LyricFind and Genius have not responded immediately to the request from Gizmodo for comment on this lawsuit. Google spokesman referred Gizmodo to a blog post that Google released on the day on which the allegations were made of copying originally published. According to the posting, Google licenses the text from third parties if publishers do not provide digital copies of texts.
"We do not crawl or scrape websites to get these texts," the blog says. "The texts that you see in the information fields are sourced directly from text content providers and are automatically updated as we receive regular new text and corrections."
LyricFind also published a statement on that date one that it "unknowingly sourced Genius texts from another place".