Earlier this week, the search engine Google was accused by the site of the Genius lyrics lyrics copy of their content and displayed directly on its search results page. The accusation came at a time when Google was struggling with the antitrust investigation of the US House of Representatives.
That forces Google to quickly react and act before the case turns more negative.
Google dedicated a post on their blog to explain why these lyrics appear on their search results page. According to Google's statement, they did not directly take these content from websites that provided the lyrics, instead, these lyrics were provided by third-party content providers to appear on My search results page.
While not mentioning his partner name in that post, one of Google 's content providers, LyricFind, explained the case in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report. According to LyricFind's explanation, the incident was completely "unintentional".
"Some time ago, Ben Gross from Genius informed LyricFind what they believed they were seeing Genius's lyrics appear in LyricFind's database. After receiving notice from Genius, our content team is instructed not to see Genius as a content source. "
"Recently, Genius discovered this problem and provided some examples of them. All these examples also appear on many other song and service posting sites, suggesting that our content group may unknowingly take Genius's lyrics from another location.. "
But this incident does not stop there.
One of the Genius tips used to discover who is copying their content is to insert Morse codes into their lyrics. The Wall Street Journal report also confirmed about 100 examples showing the lyrics appearing on Google's search results containing the Morse codes Genius intentionally inserted.
It is worth noting that despite the fact that Genius has reported this since 2016, the lyrics with Genius's Morse code insertion still appear on Google's search page until the WSJ's report.
However, just one day after WSJ's report appeared, these evidence – or the Morse code inserted by Genius – disappeared on most of the lyrics that appeared on the Google page. And Genius engineers also discovered that these codes disappeared after Genius gave evidence to WSJ reporters but before the article was published.
So is someone trying to hide the evidence of stealing content or simply because LyricFind actually removed the lyrics taken from Genius from their database and took the source from elsewhere to display on Google? This is still unclear. Neither Google nor LyricFind commented on the incident.
Whether Google is directly involved in this incident, they made some changes. On his blog, Google writes "To clarify the origin of these lyrics, we will soon include the third party name that contributed to the lyrics.. "So all of Google's involvement in this incident was" cleaned up "in just a few days.
But one thing is even bigger than the theft of this song. By displaying these content right on the search results page, Google is competing with content providers themselves and causing them real damage. When users do not need to access the search results for answers, traffic to content delivery sites will decrease and cause loss of their revenue.
But in the end, this could also have a negative effect on Google in the context that the company is facing antitrust allegations as well as taking advantage of its position to harm competitors.
Refer to Wired, SEroundtable