Google's search engine is the starting point for the Internet for a large number of people around the world. Open your browser, type in a search query and you begin your journey to find information about the huge infrastructure called the Internet.
Because of this, Google uses a significant amount of power over what and how users see content. A few years ago, Google began supplementing search results with information panels, which Google calls them, and these panels have used Genius.com texts without compensation.
But for Genius, they needed a way to prove that the texts came from their site and not another source and they made Google lift the content with Morse code. According to WSJ, Genius changed how apostrophes were used in texts, switched between straight and curly, in the texts, and when converted into dots and dashes, the code spells "Red Handed".
When the apostrophe pattern appeared in Google's search results, it became clear that the content was raised directly from Genius and not another source.
For Genius, it is not entirely clear if they have a case against Google since the company approves the texts from the plate brands and does not own them. But they own the site Google lifts the content from without attribution, and this is used to further Google's goal of improving search results while allowing them to display additional ads to the detriment of Genius.com.
Of course, there is little irony in the complaint of Genius. The company started by stealing texts from other websites and just started licensing the texts after it was subjected to legal pressure.
Considering that Google may face a new antitrust investigation in the United States, this is another proof of the company potentially abusing its position in the market. And as it becomes clearer exactly how powerful Google.com has become and how much control it has over content on the Internet, it's not yet a good thing for Alphabet Inc.
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