From the ARRL letter this week comes news about MORSE CODE. The music lyrics website Genius came up with an ingenious way of determining if other sites -- specifically Google -- had been lifting song lyrics directly from its site and reposting them without permission. According to the Wall Street Journal, starting in 2016, Genius strategically placed both straight and curly apostrophes in their rendering of a song's lyrics. When converted into Morse code, the rigged punctuation spells out the words "red handed." Genius claims it's uncovered more than 100 instances where Google used Genius's own lyrics in Google search results.
"Over the last two years, we've shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius," Genius's chief strategy officer Ben Gross told the Wall Street Journal. "We noticed that Google's lyrics matched our lyrics down to the character."
The Wall Street Journal corroborated the accusations by matching the results of three songs randomly chosen from the list of 100 instances. Google denied the allegations through its partnership with LyricFind, which provides the search engine with lyrics through a deal with music publishers. "We do not source lyrics from Genius," LyricFind Chief Executive Darryl Ballantyne said. -- Thanks to Rolling Stone and other media reports
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