Google Wins Court Battle with Genius over Song Lyrics

Google has as soon as once more prevailed in an ongoing authorized battle with the music lyrics web site Genius. Back in 2019, Genius claimed that Google was utilizing its transcribed lyrics with out permission in search outcomes.

Genius has a big database of music lyrics, and considers itself as “the world’s biggest music encyclopedia.” It tried to show that Google was scraping data from its web site by placing watermarks on its lyrics. It then appeared in Google searches however with none hyperlink again or attribution to Genius.

Google Wins Court Battle with Genius over Song Lyrics

Google mentioned that it didn’t “crawl or scrape websites to source” music lyrics. Canadian lyrics licensing web site LyricFind, additionally a defendant within the Genius lawsuit, licenses its lyric transcriptions to Google.

Judge Margo Brodie dominated in August 2020 that whereas Genius’ claims of scraping appeared credible, they didn’t represent a copyright violation since Genius isn’t the precise copyright holder of the lyrics, which she mentioned belonged to the musicians who wrote them. Genius licenses the lyrics, including to them by means of spinoff works equivalent to annotations, however Brodie mentioned that didn’t give Genius possession over the precise lyrics themselves.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel within the 2nd Circuit affirmed the sooner resolution. They mentioned that the lyrics are protected by copyrights that Genius doesn’t personal.

See Also: Google’s CTO envisions extra gross sales of tablets than laptops

Source: The Verge


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button