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Ingenious watermarking is not enough to win a lawsuit against Google



Genius lost a lawsuit against Google alleging the Big G stole texts from its website.

The music company claimed to have evidence that Google was scratching its lyrics and showing them up in search results, thanks to a clever mix of digital watermarks and Morse code.

After Genius suspected that Google was cutting off their transcriptions, he added a new watermark to his texts, replacing the original apostrophes for a specific sequence of curly and straight apostrophes. When the straight apostrophes were interpreted as periods and the curly apostrophes as dashes, the pattern spelled a single word in Morse Code: “In the act.”

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