With so many advanced technologies hitting the market, one can easily forget the primitive old-school tech. A centuries-old tech proves that Google stole song lyrics from Genius. The company used patterns in Morse Code to catch Google copying their content.
Genius is a song lyrics website that provides the words to most of the songs on the internet. The company used strange methods to claim that Google stole lyrics from its website. The lyrics featured on the information panels on a search result page of the search engine. Genius was looking to catch Google in-the-act since the company was “copying the lyrics from Genius for years and posting them directly on Google Search.” So this prevents the users from visiting the original website.
What's the backstory?
According to a report, Genius knew this since 2016 when one software engineer noticed that lyrics to a difficult song were similar on both the websites. As a result, Google faced allegations in 2017 and April 2019. But this is not the dominant story. The method by which Genius proved that Google stole lyrics from them is a rather exciting story.
Genius uses Morse Code, a communication technology introduced in the 19th century to deceive one of the best technology companies of the modern era. That’s right, simple combinations of dots and dashes proves that Google stole lyrics from Genius.
The Wall Street Journal reports includes a video that shows how Genius uses Morse code to unveil the thief.
How the truth came out:
Genius put watermark on its lyrics with two types of apostrophes (curly and straight) and arranged them uniquely. Alessia Cara’s song is the reference in the video. They highlight the watermarked apostrophe pattern in their version and show that the design is visible on Google’s version. What’s more savage is, when the sequence decodes with Morse Code signatures, the result reveals the phrase “red-handed”.