We already have copyright laws. Strong ones. If sites appear to be hosting illicit content, by all means let us bring them to trial and decide the issue before a judge. COICA’s unfettered power would actually be very attractive to a repressive Elizabethan regime transposed to the internet age. Mr Turow’s tangled analogy leads him in a very different, and more disturbing, direction than he imagines.

Jamie Boyle responds to Scott Turow’s recent argument about Shakespeare and copyright.