Google has emerged as the winner in a legal battle with lyrics database Genius that has been running since late 2019. Genius sued Google and the latter’s partner LyricFind in December that year, after a spot of apostrophe-based detective work suggesting that lyrics in Google’s ‘OneBox’ search feature had been lifted from Genius.
However, the lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge in August 2020 on the grounds that Genius did not own the copyright to the lyrics – music publishers did – so could not sue for copyright infringement. Now a three-judge panel has confirmed that ruling after Genius appealed.
The news comes a few months after Genius sold its assets to a company called MediaLab, which also owns messaging app Kik, social app Whisper and mixtapes site DatPiff.