Google's attack on Rap Genius proves the company can demote websites when it suits the search giant.

Rap Genius recently came in from the cold after topping musician/lecturer David Lowery's "Undesirable Lyric Website List" in October. To its credit, the site has so far chosen to negotiate lyric licenses with publishers and rejected litigating a tortured "fair use" defense for copyright infringement.

Rap Genius topped any Google results for practically any lyric search string, so the site was very well-known to music fans. That enviable ranking doesn't seem dissimilar from search results for Isohunt, the Pirate Bay or Kickass Torrents.

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