The complaint, filed in Brooklyn, New York, on December 3, saying that Google's behavior not only violates its terms of service agreement, but the profits off of "the ten and tens of millions of dollars" Genius has been spent to build its business and database, and so amounted to unfair competition.
Music website Genius has slapped a lawsuit on tech giant Google for $50 million in combined minimum damages for copying its lyrics.
Defendants Google LLC and LyricFind have been caught red-handed misappropriating content from Genius's website, which they have exploited -and continue to exploit- for their own financial benefit and to Genius's financial detriment. That's when the lyrics site says it first accused Google of displaying its content in search results without permission. Google apparently ripped off the exact text from the Genius page, including unusual spacing and apostrophe placements that acted as a digital fingerprint and allowed Genius to track the theft.More news: Intel Completes Sale of Smartphone Modem Business to Apple for $1 Billion
"It is highly unlikely that another source of lyrics would be a character-for-character match-including punctuation, contractions, and line breaks-with lyrics appearing on Genius's website, without having been copied from Genius's website".
When Genius reached out to Google about the issue again this year, it says the company identified LyricFind as the source of the problem.
Genius' beef with Google and LyricFind first got an airing this summer in a Wall Street Journal article describing the company's grievances. This all relates to Genius" accusation in June that Google was serving up some lyrics in its "OneBox" search results that had been lifted from Genius - detected by the latter using alternating straight and curved apostrophes in its transcriptions, spelling out "red handed' in Morse code. This is due to the fact that Genius doesn't own the lyrics either.More news: Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid
LyricFind, on the other hand, noted that their team sources the lyrics from various websites and since those websites also show the same watermarks, it's possible that they "unknowingly sourced Genius lyrics".
The Verge also reported that Genius' case might not be strong, but Google still can't let their guards down.
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