LAS VEGAS — A contentious battle over Internet anti-piracy legislation shifted from Washington to the Consumer Electronics Show, where lawmakers and companies on both sides of the issue sought to gain allies.
Two bills circulating in Congress would help Hollywood titans, record labels and pharmaceutical firms enforce copyright infringement laws online. But proposals have drawn the ire of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names who worry that the bills give law enforcement too much power to shut down their sites. The Senate version of the bill is expected to head to the floor for a vote later this month.
Social news site Reddit said it would blackout its service next week in protest of the legislation. The Consumer Electronics Association, the trade group the organizes CES, has been a staunch critic of the bills, too, with Chief Executive Gary Shapiro making it his policy rallying cry to conference-goers.
“The overwhelming tone of Washington remains hostile to innovation, entrepreneurship and business,” Shapiro said in a statement. His group has been handing out black buttons that lead people to protectinnovation.com, a Web site set up to oppose the bills.