Google today responded to controversies over Genius Media, a provider of text and annotation, which accused Google of copying their song lyrics and re-publishing them as part of a feature on their search engine.
Now Google claims to receive all song lyrics through third-party vendors, and LyricFind, the provider in question, has asked "to investigate the problem to make sure they follow the best industry practices in their approach. Google says it will now publicly quote the text provider it uses when the song text is executed in the search results.
The dispute stems from a practice that Genius began around 201
Genius assumes that other companies copy his text so he starts tagging them with a watermark using a special apostrophe formatting sequence.
The company claims that Google, when it publishes its own text in search results, reduces its advertising business and has come up with evidence provided to The Wall Street Journal . "We noticed that Google's words match our lyrics to the hero," said Ben Gros, Genius Chief Strategic Director, to WSJ .
LyricFind, with which Google entered a partnership in 2016 to publish search results, said it did not accept Genius text, but instead paid music publishers with the right to use the lyrics and created their own database that it checks against other site texts. So LyricFind may have unconsciously used the Genius texts, but does not say he did it deliberately. Whatever the truth about the situation, Google essentially says it has nothing to do with the alleged theft. So if some publishers in the future are referring to song data in search results, Google will direct them in the direction they produce these texts.