In the broader defense, Google maintained that ts workers “do not crawl or scrape” sites to grab lyrics, instead licensing the text from outsiders. They’re automatically updated whenever there are new lyrics or corrections, Google added.
LyricFind, a key supplier for Google’s lyrics, recently maintained that it didn’t source verses from Genius and even ruled it out as a lyrics source as a “courtesy.” The allegedly copied lyrics were available on “many other lyric sites,” the company argued. As such, LyricFind may have inadvertently grabbed lyrics from another company that was using Genius’ lyrics without permission.
The disclosures and the response won’t necessarily calm nerves at Genius’ offices. However, they do illustrate the messiness of lyrics search. There’s a chain of companies involved in putting those words on your screen, and it’s not always easy to see who’s being honest.