Song lyrics are a hot button issue right now, with Google defending the methods it uses to source them, while Pandora has been hit with a copyright lawsuit over its lyrical inclusions.

On Monday, the music world was taken aback somewhat by news that lyric annotation site Genius had accused Google of stealing lyrics from their service.

Genius claimed that the lyrics shown in Google’s Lyrics OneBox were actually lifted from their site – a claim they say they can prove thanks to a nifty inclusion of morse code.

However, while Google denied these claims, stating that their lyrics are “licensed from a variety of sources and are not scraped from sites on the web”, the site has now issued a further statement explaining ow exactly they find the lyrics to display in their searches.

In a blog post simply titled “How we help you find lyrics in Google Search“, Google explains that while they get lyrics from third-parties at times, they will soon be crediting the source of these lyrics soon.

Lyrics can appear in information boxes and on Knowledge Panels in Search when you’re looking for songs or lyrics. While we do this to help you find that information quickly, we also ensure that the songwriters are paid for their creative work. To do that, we pay music publishers for the right to display lyrics, since they manage the rights to these lyrics on behalf of the songwriters.