Steven Tyler, former “American Idol” judge, is scheduled to attend legislative hearing in Hawaii on Friday for a bill that would limit the freedom of people taking photos and videos of celebrities. According to the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 7, the act will be called the Steven Tyler Act.
Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider the Steven Tyler Act on Friday morning and law makers will discuss this new bill for the first time publicly.
Tyler has submitted a written testimony that support the proposal of the new act. This act would allow people to collect damages from anyone who photographs them in an offensive way during their persona or family time.
The introduction to the proposed Steven Tyler Act begins:
"The legislature finds that Hawai‘i is home to many celebrities, particularly on Maui, who are subjected to harassment from photographers and reporters seeking photographs and news stories. The privacy of these celebrities endure unwarranted invasion into their personal lives. Although their celebrity status may justify a lower expectation of privacy, the legislature finds that sometimes the paparazzi go too far to disturb the peace and tranquility afforded celebrities who escape to Hawai‘i for a quiet life."
It is very unlikely that the bill in it’s current form will pass.
There are many stars that have their own property in Hawaii. Some of them are Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, Ben Stiller, Bette Middler and many more.
There are several other celebrities on the bill including Avril Lavigne. Even if a celebrity did not help get the Steven Tyler Act passed, it will still cover any celebrity. What is your opinion? Do you think this is a bill that should be passed to give celebrities some privacy?