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In a new lawsuit, music site Genius Media claims it caught Google red - hand copying lyrics for its own benefit at the expense of Genius business. Genius claims Google and Canada - based lyric licensing company LyricFind misappropriate lyrics from its website. Genius alleges that Google, through LyricFind, displays lyrics on top of Search results in its information boxes that were stripped directly from Genius without attribution. Genius is seeking at least $50 million in combined damages from companies, according to the lawsuit, filed in state court in Brooklyn. The lawsuit adds to an already noisy field of Google critics who claim the company employs anti - competitive practices to keep users on its own sites instead of sending them directly to those providing content. Yelp has been among the loudest voices alleging Google favors its own Search services over competitors and stunts web traffic to other sites with its text Boxes that serve users key information on their own Search pages. Google's treatment of competitive services is likely to become a focus for federal and state investigators probing company for potential antitrust violations. State attorneys general investigating Google are planning to expand their probe beyond its original focus on advertising into Search, CNBC reported last month. After suspecting Google was ripping off its transcriptions, complaint say, Genius placed digital watermark in its lyrics made up of different styles of apostrophes that spell out red - hand in Morse Code. If Google's lyric Boxes contain watermark, suit claims, there would be no explanation other than that lyrics were copied from Genius's website, eg, by using copy / paste functionality or computer program. After notifying Google that it had found its watermarks in its lyric Boxes, Genius alleges multiple Google executives said they were looking into the issue but would not explain how watermark show up in its results. Genius designed a second experiment in 2018 to determine how widespread the issue had become, applying watermark to random sample of songs. Of 271 songs to which Genius applied watermark and that appeared in Google's info box between October and December of that year, 43% show clear evidence of matching watermark, according to the complaint. In response to a request for comment, Google spokesperson pointed to a June blog post explaining how the company provides lyrics in its info Boxes. Google claims in post that it licenses lyrics from third parties when music publishers don't have digital copies of text. Companies pledged to add third party attribution for digital lyrics and have its lyrics partner ensure it follows industry standards. We do not crawl or scrape websites to source these lyrics, Google writes at time. Lyrics that you see in information Boxes on Search come directly from lyrics content providers, and they are updated automatically as we receive new lyrics and corrections on a regular basis. The post follows a Wall Street Journal report that Genius first went public with its claims against Google.

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Not only is Google not providing source,s why did they start adding sources, they were inaccurate despite Google investigating and assuring that LyricFind does not steal lyrics. They also drive significant traffic away from Genius, where before Google lyrics go up, Genius claims 60% - 80% click through rates, then after Google lyrics are posted they see CTR drop to ~10%, claiming accumulate damages on the order of 10 million dollars. It is also very important to note that they are not just sueing Google, they are suing Google for using LyricFind while knowing that LyricFind stole lyrics, and they are additionally sueing LyricFind for original theft of lyrics.

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