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Steven Tyler Act Passes Hawaii Senate (Video)

By Kelly Ni
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 6, 2013 Last Updated: March 6, 2013
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The Steven Tyler Act, named after Steven Tyler, a rock and pop musician celebrity, passed the Hawaii Senate on March 5. The bill would allow celebrities to sue if they feel that their privacy is being violated on their property. 

The Steven Tyler Act passed the Hawaii State Senate on March 5. There were 23 senators that signed the bill, and 2 senators that opposed the bill. It still needs to pass the House of Representatives and it still needs to be approved by the governor. 

Tyler, who owns property in Hawaii, attended the hearing with Mick Fleetwood, of Fletwood Mack. Fleetwood also owns property in Hawaii. The two testified at a hearing last month.

Celebrities would be protected if they are on property they own or lease and have reasonable expectations of privacy, according to the Star Advertiser. 

Sen. Kalani English, D- Maui, introduced the bill at the request of Tyler, after Tyler said a photographer violated his privacy when he took pictures of him and his family last Christmas, the Hawaii Reporter wrote. 

“First and foremost, being a personality no matter where we go we get shot. It is just part of the deal and it is ok. It kind of drives us crazy, but as my mom said, ‘you asked for it Steven,’” Tyler said at the hearing last month, according to the Hawaii Reporter

“But when I am in my own home and I am taking a shower or changing clothes or eating or spending Christmas with my children, and I see paparazzi a mile away at La Paruse shooting at me with lenses this long and then seeing that same picture in People magazine, it hurts. My kids don’t want to go out with me and this Christmas was one of the first times that I got them all together at the house. It meant so much to me.”

The Motion Picture Association of America, National Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors all submitted testimony opposing the measure, stating that bill violates the First Amendment, according to the Hawaii Reporter and the Star Advertiser.

The Steven Tyler Act is supported by other celebrities like Britney Spears, Neil Diamond, Avril Lavigne, Tommy Lee of Motley Crew, Fred Coury of Cinderella, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Darren Dizzy Reid of Guns N Roses, actresses Margaret Cho and Kat Von D, and the Osborne family.

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