April 10, 2021
Google search song lyrics

Google Says it will Now Display Song Lyric Sources when Appropriate

After a bit of controversy over alleged scraping or copying of song lyrics, Google now says it will show where it gets them, when needed…

Recently, Genius accused search giant Google of copying song lyrics. (The company even hid Morse code inside to prove its allegations.) Google now responds by publishing a long defense of its search practices. And, it explains it will give credit to sources going forward.

Google Search Results will Now Credit Song Lyric Sources

Google states it will attribute third-parties which provide the search engine with appropriate credit. 

Satyajeet Salgar, Group Product Manager of Search, wrote the following:

“Here’s something you might not know: music publishers often don’t have digital copies of the lyrics text. In these cases, we—like music streaming services and other companies—license the lyrics text from third parties.

We do not crawl or scrape websites to source these lyrics. The lyrics that you see in information boxes on Search come directly from lyrics content providers, and they are updated automatically as we receive new lyrics and corrections on a regular basis.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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