Supreme Court Rejects Genius’ Preposterously Stupid Lawsuit Against Google

From Above the Law:

Look, we were not kind when Genius first accused Google of copying lyrics from its site. The only interesting bit was the cleverness with which Genius figured out Google had copied the lyrics from its site, by sneakily adding in curved or non-curved apostrophes to see if the same ones showed up in Google’s version of the lyrics.

But, as we noted at the time, even if Google copied the lyrics from Genius, that was not a legal matter. After all, Genius did not hold any rights in the lyrics, and its method of “getting” the lyrics was basically having people copy down what they heard (one of the stupid things about copyright and lyrics is that there are no official lyrics most of the time, and every lyric site, even those that “license” lyrics, still have to figure out what those lyrics are, which is just kinda crazy when you think about it). And, more importantly, we had a lawsuit almost exactly on this point years ago, where a phone book company inserted fake entries to capture those who “copied” their phone book, and the court said that you can’t copyright facts, and allowed it to stand.

We were even less kind when Genius stupidly sued Google anyway. And we were not at all surprised when a judge rejected the many, many, many ways in which the company tried to turn this into a legal claim. And so, it’s no surprise that this case ends with a complete whimper as the Supreme Court rejected Genius’ cert petition with no comment.

Link to the rest at Above the Law

3 thoughts on “Supreme Court Rejects Genius’ Preposterously Stupid Lawsuit Against Google”

  1. I think Genius would have been better off if it had hired a genius for a lawyer… before it developed its emotional attachment to its own copyright infringement. (Lyrics are, after all, parts of copyrighted songs.) At minimum, it shouldn’t have licensed its business model from Acme.

    • I’ve never understood why they’ve (it seems) not been sued for copyright infringement by some songwriter (Mick Jagger comes to mind).

      • Mostly for civil-procedure-type reasons, combined with the amount of money that it would take to pay the lawyers. (The lawyers are always going to get paid.) Now if these were “transcripts” of Dr Seuss books, the litigation would have begun a decade ago…

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