The song lyric website Genius.com has come forward with an interesting allegation against Google. The lyric website has raised a claim on the giant search engine accusing them of stealing their lyrics right from their website and pasting them onto Google’s own search page.
Therefore, the visitor who is looking for the lyrics doesn't need to click on the Genius.com link as the lyrics are already there in front of him. While this is a very simplified solution and even easier for the visitor, Genius.com declared that they are quickly losing clicks.
Of course, the lyrics to songs are the same and it is perfectly normal for them to be the same. Also, this is technically not a crime but it is frowned upon. However, Genius.com is sure that Google is copying the ‘’exact’’ same lyrics from Genius.com's pages.
One of Genius.com’s strong proofs for the accusation is Google’s posting the exact lyrics to the song Panda by Desiigner. The song is actually very difficult to understand but the artist has given Genius.com and Genius.com alone, the lyrics to his song. Sometime later though, Google has shared the same lyrics as well.
How do they know that? Genius.com has explained that they have warned Google authorities multiple times before about this situation, seeing that their traffic rates are dropping day by day for several years now. Ever since Google started showing the lyrics in the search page before the visitors click on any of the results.
So the company wanted to take measures by implanting ‘’something that misses the eye’’ to watermark their lyrics using carefully placed single and curly quotation marks. Genius used Morse Code to support their claim and to show that Google is in fact swiping their lyrics.
The witty team made sure the punctuation marks to spell out RED HANDED when they're reversed and read in dots and dashes just like Morse Code, as in they caught Google red-handed* while stealing the lyrics. In the end, Google fell into the trap and copied the exact lyrics including the message of Genius.com team.
Google reps have of course denied the allegations, claiming they already do have a partner for finding lyrics that is another lyric website ‘’LyricFind’’ which, unsurprisingly, also supports Google.