Genius is, well, genius. The company recently accused Google of removing lyrics from its site, reports the the Wall Street newspaper.
How did Genius know Google was flying? In 2016, Genius made some punctuation changes in the lyrics of his songs. Sometimes he used a direct apostrophe. Other times, a curly.
Genius did this in a very specific order because (are you ready for that?) When "the two types of apostrophes were converted into dots and dashes used in the Morse code, they spelled the words" Red Handed ".
That's how Google got caught, according to Genius.
Google has denied stealing lyrics. Instead, the words appearing in the "information panels" that appear in a Google search come from licensed partners. Genius, however, claims to have found more than 100 examples of Google taking its content.
More and more, Google is trying to provide users with as much information as possible on the search page – convenient for users who do not wish to click on a website, but bad news for the websites that depend on those clicks.
This type of lawsuit is particularly attractive to politicians – notably Elizabeth Warren – who want to break big technologies. As this incident shows, companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon have the power to hurt smaller competition with some design changes.