What Plagiarism Accusations? LyricFind Announces Turkish Partnership with fizy
LyricFind has announced a new partnership with Turkey-based music streaming service fizy.
fizy is powered by a Turkish mobile phone operator, Turkcell.
LyricFind will provide its full database of lyrics to fizy, with Turkish lyrics managed by LyricFind’s Morocco-based office. The deal is the first time LyricFind has struck a deal in Turkey, and part of an effort by the company to expand its international presence.
Just recently, LyricFind partnered with CAPASSO in Africa and UBC in Brazil to provide full lyrics in those countries. Roy Hennig, Vice President of Sales at LyricFind, says the value-add will make a difference for Turkcell. “Telcos know they need to deliver the best possible experience to their subscribers, and LyricFind is proud to support a superior standard of service,” Hennig stated.
The ‘superior standard of service’ comment is a little sketchy, considering the LyricFind kerfluffle earlier this month.
Just recently, Genius proved that Google was plagiarizing its lyrics by cleverly embedding a message created by alternating apostrophes. The alternating apostrophes appeared in Google’s lyrics results, and spelled out ‘RED HANDED’ in Morse code.
When confronted with the blunder, Google pointed at its lyric-delivery partner, LyricFind.
The most outrageous thing about the whole snafu is that the lyrics were 100% copy/pasted. But LyricFind stated that ‘less than 100′ songs seemed to have been copied verbatim from Genius’ website.
Going forward, LyricFind says it will no longer use Genius as a ‘source’ for its lyrics.
“LyricFind has a fifteen-year history of proper licensing and payments to rightsholders, and we’re extremely proud of our role in creating this valuable revenue stream for songwriters. We’ll continue that mission.”
LyricFind further emphasized that Genius doesn’t own the IP to its lyrics, the writers of the lyrics do. Then again, Genius has undergone serious efforts to transcribe lyrics, which include obtaining direct submissions from artists like Desiigner (whose lyrics are very difficult to understand).
All in all, LyricFind seems to have its legal defense already worked out — though its ethical approach seems pretty shady.
Hopefully, LyricFind is stepping up the quality control and doing some soul searching amid all these international moves. LyricFind is licensed to distribute the lyrics from rights holders, paying royalties for the privilege of distributing lyrics. For now, Google is taking better steps to identify where it sources its lyrics.