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The Steven Tyler Act

By DeusExMacintosh

Legislation in the name of the lead singer of Aerosmith that seeks to protect celebrities' privacy has been passed in Hawaii.

Legislation in the name of the lead singer of Aerosmith that seeks to protect celebrities’ privacy has been passed in Hawaii. The so-called Steven Tyler Act deems it a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments.

Tyler, who is from Massachusetts, on the other side of the country, asked Sen Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine, sparking a family drama.

Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui, which is part of Mr English’s district. Mr English said the proposal could help increase celebrity tourism in Hawaii.

Twenty-three of the state’s 25 Senate members voted in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration. Sen Sam Slom, the body’s only Republican, opposed the measure…

Mr Slom said senators had fun with the bill, but Hawaii has adequate laws protecting privacy and this proposal is an attack on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

“My final remarks to Steven Tyler as he sang so eloquently are, ‘Dream on, dream on,’” Mr Slom joked.

Besides Tyler, other celebrities have supported the bill, including Britney Spears, Mick Fleetwood and the Osborne family. They say intrusive paparazzi make it difficult to enjoy simple activities with family and friends.

But national media organisations voiced concerns about the proposal’s impact on freedom of the press. The National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists were among several national media organisations that submitted testimony opposing the bill.

- The Telegraph

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7 Comments

  1. Adrien
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I’ve noticed that, under Obama, there seems to be a series of laws that bolster the interests of commerce that deals in IT communications and entertainment. This is a law that, I imagine, celebrities would favour and lobby for having but a dim idea of its free speech implications. Never mind that. Hollywood celebrities think they can make the world a better place by having a sit-down and chat with military dictators.

    I’ve noticed also the propaganda services rendered to Obama by MSNBC and establishment periodicals like The Atlantic and Vanity Fair it all seems part of a concerted effort on behalf of a certain interest. The monster octopus that came of the fourth estate is throwing its weight around. Obama’s as much their boy as Lincoln was the Rail Company’s..

  2. Mel
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Are you going thru a nervous breakdown at the moment, Adrien? Your waffle is becoming increasingly bizarre and incoherent.

  3. David J H
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    .. and who is DeusExMacintosh – yep, while bizarre humour has a place – am not sure where this website is going …..

    Aarrrgh! Sensible female lawyer abducted by aliens from outer hebrides.

  4. Posted March 9, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    David J H, the words “hell” and “handbasket” spring to mind… (and I’m one of the non-lawyers, but try not to hold that against me).

  5. Adrien
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Are you going thru a nervous breakdown at the moment, Adrien?

    Aw yeah. In fact after reading your comment I finally snapped and now I’m going to Mexico to start me a UFO religion. :)

  6. David J H
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    (and I’m one of the non-lawyers, but try not to hold that against me).

    Ok. Peace, friend.

  7. Phill @65
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Is that Mick Fleetwood’s new wife in the first photo?

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