For the first few years of its existence, Genius (formerly Rap Genius) featured annotated song lyrics on its platform without permission of music publishers.
Now Genius is accusing Google of stealing its content without permission.
In May 2014, Genius finally made a licensing agreement with music publishers following months of criticism from the National Music Publishers Association trade group.
But since then, the company has become more concerned with how others are using their content.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Genius accused Google of pulling lyrics from Genius.com and publishing the content on its platform.
“Google knowingly displays lyrics that are copied from Genius in search results in order to keep users from leaving Google to go to other sites,” Genius chief strategy officer Ben Gross told Gizmodo, in a statement.