Tuesday’s child; Wednesday’s child

BBC news logo, via their site.Two stories from the BBC news website this week caught my eye, and I think they make an interesting pair put side by side.

First, on Tuesday: Huge pirate music site shut down

British and Dutch police have shut down a “widely-used” source of illegally-downloaded music. A flat on Teesside and several properties in Amsterdam were raided as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK. The UK-run site has leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone, said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough was arrested on Tuesday morning. …

Then, on Wednesday: Anti file-sharing laws considered

The UK government could legislate to crack down on illegal file-sharers, a senior politician has told the BBC’s iPM programme [and here’s iPM’s blog post on the story]. Lord Triesman, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills [with special responsibility for Intellectual Property and Quality], said intellectual property theft would not be tolerated.

“If we can’t get voluntary arrangements we will legislate,” he said.

The comments could prove controversial with privacy advocates and internet service providers. Lord Triesman called on internet service providers to take a “more activist role” in the problem of illegal file-sharing. … The Internet Service Providers Association has always maintained that it cannot be held responsible for illegal peer-to-peer traffic because it is “merely a conduit” of such material. … The British Phonographic Industry was pleased at the government’s tough line. … The iPM programme also spoke to renowned blogger Cory Doctorow [blog | wikipedia] who described the idea as “misbegotten”. …

Doesn’t Tuesday’s story demonstrate the redundancy of Wednesday’s? I am reminded of the old nursery rhyme:

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,