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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Genius’ ‘Stolen Lyrics’ Suit

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Genius’ ‘Stolen Lyrics’ Suit

About 16 months after an appellate court docket dominated in favor of Google and lyrics platform LyricFind as a part of a lawsuit levied by competing lyrics database Genius, the Supreme Courtroom has refused a request to listen to the case.

The Supreme Courtroom formally rejected Genius’ push for certiorari in the present day, with the corresponding authorized doc displaying solely that the petition (just like the overwhelming majority of these filed) had didn’t garner the required help of no less than 4 justices. On the time of this writing, Brooklyn-based Genius, which has since September of 2021 been a subsidiary of Imgur proprietor MediaLab, didn’t appear to have addressed the event on social media.

However the rejection arrives virtually three years after a district court docket first sided with Google and LyricFind; Genius in a $50 million December of 2019 criticism accused the latter entity, which has an settlement with Google, of lifting lyrics with out permission. Genius – which at present boasts 110 million month-to-month customers and 174 million common month-to-month pageviews, per MediaLab’s web site – mentioned that it had confirmed the alleged copying by alternating between each straight and curved apostrophes in its work.

Spelling out “purple handed” in Morse code, these alternating apostrophes subsequently appeared on sure of Google’s search outcomes pages; LyricFind then responded by describing the copied lyrics as a “miniscule” portion of its total database.

Consequently, Genius within the practically four-year-old swimsuit accused the defendants of (amongst different issues) violating its phrases of service, diverting internet visitors, and, in flip, inflicting it to overlook out on “licensing and promoting income.” However within the August of 2020 dismissal and the initially famous March of 2022 appellate ruling alike, the court docket discovered that the Copyright Act preempted the breach of contract claims as a result of Genius itself didn’t personal the rights to the protected works at hand.

“To make certain, we don’t maintain that breach of contract claims regarding copyrighted materials are by no means preempted,” the appellate court docket defined of the matter in its 12-page ruling. “We maintain solely that, given the particular information Genius pleaded in its criticism, its breach of contract declare shouldn’t be qualitatively completely different from a copyright declare and is subsequently preempted.”

Two weeks again, YouTube and Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider ended their authorized battle over alleged Content material ID discrimination, after Schneider didn’t safe class-action certification for the long-running swimsuit. And earlier this yr, on the heels of a prolonged testing interval, YouTube Music made real-time lyrics accessible to customers on each Android and iOS gadgets.

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