Genius said it used morse code to catch Google stealing lyrics

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Genius is, well, genius. The company recently accused Google of lifting song lyrics from its site, reports the Wall Street Journal.

How did Genius know Google was stealing? In 2016, Genius made a few changes to the punctuation in its song lyrics. Sometimes, it used a straight apostrophe. Other times, a curly one.

Genius did this in a very specific sequence because (are you ready for this?) when “the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words ‘Red Handed.'”

That’s how Google was caught, according to Genius.

Google denied stealing any lyrics. Instead, it claimed, the lyrics that show up in the “information panels” that pop up in a Google search are from licensed partners. Genius, however, says it found more than 100 examples of Google taking its content. …

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