"Rumour has it that this morning's power cut across Wellington was caused be an ARPA notice being issued to the local power supplier. This in response to claims of excessive file sharing and pirating in the Wellington region.
Apparently it was more convenient for ARPA to issue a notice to a single power supplier than have to deal with multiple ISPs. The way the Copyright Act is written the definition of an ISP, hence the notice being issued to Transpower - who provide a key component of internet hosting, electricity.
"Power companies have an obligation to ensure users of their services are complying with the law. We are simply protecting the interests of New Zealand artists and musicians" claimed an ARPA spokesperson today."
Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?