Google also said that when lyrics appear in search results, the company will publicly cite the source of lyrics.
The dispute stems from a practice Genius started around 2016 to find out which Lyric providers might copy their lyrics without permission. Genius first signed a contract with the music publisher to republish the lyrics on its website, because the lyrics are copyrighted property and cannot be republished without paying for the songs. Then, the company makes money by providing lyrics and lyric annotations - explaining background stories, backgrounds and hidden meanings to companies like Spotify.
Genius speculated that other companies were copying their lyrics, so it began watermarking them with special apostrophe formatting sequences. The company claims that Google has published lyrics in search results and is cutting back on its advertising business, and it has provided evidence to the Wall Street Journal. "We noticed that Google's lyrics match our lyrics," Ben Gross, Genius Chief Strategic Officer, told the Wall Street Journal.
LyricFind, a lyric provider with Google, claims that it did not copy Genius's lyrics, but paid music publishers copyright fees for the use of lyrics and created its own database to check other Lyric websites.