Genius Media, a popular song lyrics platform, has sued Google of stealing its content and publishing directly in search results. Google, however, has refused the charge saying results are sourced from licensing partners.
Launched in 2009, Genius is one of the biggest song lyrics platforms. It claims to have over 2 million contributors, editors, and musicians. Genius.com is also said to have the largest music database with over 25 million songs, albums, artists, and notes.
Google added song lyrics to its search in 2014. The company had then teamed up with LyricFind website.
Genius stated Google had been copying and displaying its content in search of results for years, hurting the website’s traffic. Genius Chief Strategy Office Ben Gross told The Verge that the company has “shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius in their Lyrics OneBox. This is a serious issue, and Google needs to address it.”
Google denied Genius’ allegations but promised to take action against the partners not “upholding good practices.”
“The lyrics displayed in the information boxes and in Knowledge Panels on Google Search are licensed from a variety of sources and are not scraped from sites on the web. We take data quality and creator rights very seriously and hold our licensing partners accountable to the terms of our agreement. We’re investigating this issue with our data partners and if we find that partners are not upholding good practices we will end our agreements,” stated Google in a statement.