Steven Tyler Battles for Privacy Laws
Bill SB465, now officially known as the “Steven Tyler Act,” was drafted at Tyler’s request by his attorney and manager, Dina LaPolt, and would provide enhanced legal remedies for celebrities photographed while engaged in “personal or familial activity” deserving of a reasonable expectation of privacy.
In other words, the new law would go beyond traditional invasion of privacy laws requiring a physical trespass, and impose legal liability upon paparazzi that use long-range lenses or audio equipment to capture images or audio of unsuspecting public figures in their homes (or making love in personal elevators), which they can currently then sell for personal profit.’
Said Tyler, “The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation. 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.”
The measure is based on similar legislation adopted by the state of California in 1998, and sources say it is being endorsed by two-thirds of the Hawaii Senate, and -- unofficially -- all current ‘American Idol’ judges and at least three-fifths of Aerosmith.
In all seriousness, Tyler appeared personally at the Hawaii State Capitol last Friday, Feb. 8, for the Senate hearing, alongside fellow celebrity, bill proponent, and Hawaii resident Mick Fleetwood -- plus, one can only deduce, countless paparazzi angling for a few, final candid photographs they can make a quick buck on.