Fry Up: First person account

Wacky French people

First person account

In my house there is a WAN router that enables my children to log on to the internet via various electronic devices. It’s not exactly unfettered internet access - connectivity is dodgy on account of the fact we live in Telecom Zone 3, the internet equivalent of Siberia, somewhere between where the Ultra Fast Broadband network ends and the Rural Broadband Initiative begins.

But the broadband service I provide in return for payment - they’re expected to do chores like feed the chickens, set the table, wash the dishes - is not the main business activity in my house. I mostly help provide food, shelter and clothing.

As a wi-fi operator who provides transmission to multiple users I am an ISP. And, crucially, I don’t fall under the definition of Internet Protocol Access Provider in the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 because wi-fi is an “incidental feature” to the main services I offer.

This is good news for me, because should fast connectivity arrive at my house and it becomes possible to download a movie in less than two days, I won’t be at all liable for copyright breaches.

Or at least that’s what the New Zealand Computer Society appears to be suggesting in its submission on the new regulations - if you can prove that wi-fi is not your main business, you'll be immune.

If the NZCS is right – and admittedly the idea of homeowners being let off by this definition stretches the point – then it looks as if the Act will come back to haunt the politicians who passed it in haste.

Wifi operators are ISPs so not liable for copyright breaches: Computer Society

Invitation to a non-event

The email’s subject line promised so much.

“Your Invitation: Ground-breaking Announcements Transform the Visual & Unified Communications Industry”

But sadly it delivered so little.

Polycom was offering a webcast of an announcement featuring its CEO Andrew Miller. I logged on, answered a list of questions about where I work, what I do and why (answers: Auckland, write stuff, get paid), but when I finally got to the video screen, Miller was unavailable.

Looks like my colleague Stephen Lawson in San Francisco managed to get through.

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Sacre bleu

Peter, who picks the Fry Up video (s) each week, writes:

“Here are some wacky French people being wacky, on a TV show from late 1969. The song, Mah Na Mah Na, is widely known from its performance on Sesame Street (1969) and the Muppet Show (1976), but its origins go back to an Italian film composer by the name of Piero Umiliani. He wrote this particular ditty for a Swedish mondo softcore film called Sweden; Heaven or Hell, made in 1968.

"I discovered this while listening to an internet radio station in 2000, when they played a remix of Umiliani's tune. I set up a website (on Geocities!) to find out more about him and this song. I was eventually contacted by Umiliani's daughter Elisabetta, who had been shown my site by a friend, and I was able to interview her.”

Who is Piero Umiliani?

Mod ‘Mah Nà Mah Nà’ ballet on French TV, 1969

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