The state Senate of Hawaii has passed the “Steven Tyler Act,” a bill that hopes to protect celebrities from paparazzi photographers by creating a civil violation for people who take unwanted photos or videos of others when they are in private and sells or publishes said photos or video, reports the AP.
The name of the bill comes from Aerosmith frontman Tyler asking Sen. Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after photographs were taken of Tyler and his girlfriend last December when they were vacationing in Maui.
The bill was passed by 23 of Hawaii’s 25 Senators, with only Sen. Sam Slom and Sen. Les Ihara opposing the bill. Slom says Hawaii has proficient privacy laws and that this bill is an attach on First Amendment rights.
Tyler testified in Hawaii last month in favor of the bill. He said in a statement at the time, “As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we
have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space,
disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious
line that shouldn’t be ignored.”
But national media organizations oppose the bill, saying it is going against freedom of the press. Media lawyer Jeff Portnoy tells the AP that the bill is “unnecessary, given Hawaii’s existing laws.”