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July 4, 2006
A Song: Facial Recognition Technology Blues
Eddie B. and the G-Spots write and perform song parodies. MP3 here.
Posted on July 4, 2006 at 10:47 AM
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very nice song, thank you.
I'm a researcher and teacher in France, I'm going to talk about biometrics with young people in October and your song will be great.
But is it possible to publish the lyrics ? They are very important and they will not be understood directly in English (I will translate them)
Thanks in advance,
Chantal from Nantes, France
Do you have permission to post a *link* to a MP3 from the RIAA(or whatever they are called)? I mean... you could be aidding copyright infringers.. ;)
Could somebody (with spare time) post the lyrics on the forum? Not being a native speaker of English, I don't understand everything in the song. The parts I understand are hilarious, though ;-)
"Do you have permission to post a *link* to a MP3 from the RIAA(or whatever they are called)? I mean... you could be aidding copyright infringers.. ;)"
No, but I have permission from the person that wrote and recorded the song. I figure that's enough to keep the RIAA off my back, at least for now.
Funny. I posted the lyrics here:
Transcribing the words reminded me of all those years trying to scratch out messages in foreign languages and being puzzled by the slang. At least these references are celebs. Although, is Al Roker really known outside the US?
"Do you have permission to post a *link* to a MP3"
Seems to me if you point your site to a band that has posted the mp3 on their own page titled "Listen to a few songs for free"...that's a distribution model.
The best thing to happen to these guys might be that people will link to them directly and listen. Then again an RIAA lawsuit might be a good publicity model too, especially if their next parody is of the RIAA.
Wonder if the song will be called "Don't link so close to me".
@Davi Ottenheimer: Thanks for the transcription. The people who were unknown to me are Rupaul, Al Roker, Busta Rhymes and Kathy Lee. I found each one of them in Wikipedia, except Kathy Lee. The reference to Rupaul in the song is hilarious ;-)
You can find the one remaining celebrity in Wikipedia if you look up "Kathie Lee Gifford" (note spelling).
I can only agree with comments about USB drives. In fact the Government "thought" the person that stole a computer did not access any of the infromation. He (or she) did get a reward for returning it. It was critical data about several thousand Veterans. Do they know how easy it is to copy it off the drive and access it on another computer? Da!
First, thank you to Bruce Schneier for posting the link. To answer Greg and Davi's posts, I have already paid the copyright owner a fee for limited use of the original song (although the press that a lawsuit would bring would have been nice). Guess I'll just have to get into legal trouble another way. ;-)
I saw an article somewhere about how the FBI labs determined the data was not accessed in that VA computer. I think there is a lot of room for errors there. However, the VA managed to shift responsibility on the FBI. If one realizes that they (VA) was on the hook for millions of dollar off their budget to provide credit auditing services to the people on that DB.
Oh, I just had time to listen to the song and realized instantly that it's a Beatles' song. The original song is called "I've just seen a face" and is sung by Paul McCartney. Funny band name BTW. Thanks Bruce!
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