Genius is probably one of the most popular lyrics websites around, but it says Google is stealing more than just traffic with the search giant’s own lyrics functionality.
The lyrics website told the Wall Street Journal that Google has been using lyrics directly from Genius.com.
Furthermore, the website reportedly alerted Google to the infractions in 2017 and again in April.
“Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” a website representative told the outlet.
That “irrefutable evidence” is embedded in the lyrics, as Genius uses a specific pattern of straight and curly apostrophes in them.
When converted to morse code, the pattern spells “red handed.” It claims that it found over 100 examples of stolen lyrics via this method.