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.
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