Google: We Don't Scrape Websites for Song Lyrics

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You've got to hand it to the folks at the song lyrics database company Genius - it was pretty clever how the company discovered that Google had been displaying song lyrics lifted right from its site in Search results. Google responded to those accusations in a blog post Tuesday, saying, again, that it "licenses the lyrics text from third parties" and does "not crawl or scrape websites to source these lyrics". "The lyrics that you see in information boxes on Search come directly from lyrics content providers".

According to HYPEBEAST, the tech giant has answered in the form of a blog post and explained how and where its lyrics were sourced from.

Lastly, in an effort to be completely transparent, Google will soon credit the third party providing song lyrics when someone searches for them. Which of course stands in contrast to the behavior Genius said it caught Google engaged in.

Genius provides annotated lyrics and song facts for songs across platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and even YouTube.

"Here's something you might not know: Music publishers often don't have digital copies of the lyrics text", the post explains.

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Nevertheless, Google is making a change to the search engine in response to the lyrics lifting controversy. In these cases, we-like music streaming services and other companies-license the lyrics text from third parties. The company has also tried to avoid copying any content from Genius.com.

Lyric website Genius earlier this week shared evidence which it claimed implicates Google in the unauthorized reproduction of song lyrics posted on its site.

"Genius claims, and the WSJ (The Wall Street Journal) repeated, that there are 100 lyrics from Genius in our database", LyricFind added. "The scale of Genius' claims is minuscule and clearly not systemic".

LyricFind said it offered to remove lyrics that Genius said were stolen, but that Genius didn't respond to the offer.

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