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Google gets stung for swiping content thanks to embedded morse code
theinquirer.net ^ | 17 June 2019 | Chris Merriman

Posted on 06/17/2019 8:37:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Genius.com, a site specialising in providing song lyrics, had suspected that Google had been scraping its site and using the lyrics to populate the 'information panels' often seen in the side of search results.

This isn't that uncommon, but usually Google credits the source; in this case, Genius was getting no credit.

Sure enough, Google pulled the lyric through and repeated the message, without ever knowing that's what it had done. But Genius wasn't going to take that lying down. The company wanted to prove that Google was indeed sourcing uncredited, and set about proving it by matching high tech with low tech.

By changing the punctuation is certain lyrics, swapping out straight and rounded quotes and commas, the firm was able to encode a morse code message to Google.

And the message was "R E D H A N D E D".

Sure enough, Google pulled the lyric through and repeated the message, without ever knowing that's what it had done.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: copyright; dmca; google; morsecode; piracy; uspto

1 posted on 06/17/2019 8:37:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Hoist on their own petard.


2 posted on 06/17/2019 8:40:08 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: BenLurkin

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3 posted on 06/17/2019 8:44:50 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: BenLurkin

‘Don’t be evil’


4 posted on 06/17/2019 8:50:23 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: dragnet2

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5 posted on 06/17/2019 8:58:03 PM PDT by ping jockey (The only difference between organized crime and D.C. is one is illegal and one isn't)
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To: ping jockey

How crafty
Thanks 73s


6 posted on 06/17/2019 9:12:11 PM PDT by ptsal
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very few of us sonar types do Morse. I think I was the only one my Division that was fluent enough to get by . Real slow though. Slower still now. It’s most assuredly a perishable skill. Hoses FB up. They don’t know whether to crap or go bling.


7 posted on 06/17/2019 9:24:35 PM PDT by ping jockey (The only difference between organized crime and D.C. is one is illegal and one isn't)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.

8 posted on 06/17/2019 9:25:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: BenLurkin

I believe list “compilation” is protected, not as the owner of the data but the actual compilation.


9 posted on 06/17/2019 9:25:23 PM PDT by Fhios
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To: facedown
Hoist on their own petard.

"Hoist with their own petard, a petard being a device akin to a grenade.

10 posted on 06/17/2019 9:47:37 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard., -- Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4)
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To: ping jockey

Morse isn’t difficult. Printed it can be confusing, but again, not difficult for anyone willing to waste the time.


11 posted on 06/18/2019 12:26:06 AM PDT by A strike (XIX death of this nation)
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To: ping jockey
very few of us sonar types do Morse. I think I was the only one my Division that was fluent enough to get by . Real slow though. Slower still now.

Get your speed up with

Best bent wire.

12 posted on 06/18/2019 2:01:49 AM PDT by spokeshave (If anything, Trump is guilty of attempting to obstruct injustice.)
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To: BenLurkin

So, the America-hating instrument of thought-control and digital fascism is stealing copyrighted material! When does the lawsuit begin?


13 posted on 06/18/2019 5:20:31 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Islam, not a religion, a totalitarian political ideology aiming for world domination. -Wilders)
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To: ping jockey

We Naval Aviators are taught Morse Code as that is what the TACAN transmits to identify itself. All ICAO identifiers in the US are transmitted in Morse as well.


14 posted on 06/18/2019 5:24:17 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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