Video courtesy Hawaii State Legislature, voice of Stephanie Salazar
HONOLULU, Hawaii: It was a star studded hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on Friday.
Big stars in rock music were present to support SB 465, which is sure to put a damper on the paparazzi’s payday.
The Steven Tyler Act – named after the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith – would give celebrities or anyone else the power to sue anyone who takes photos or videos of their private lives.
Steven Tyler now lives on Maui… It was Maui State Senator Kalani English who introduced the bill.
Tyler was on-hand to share his thoughts at the committee hearing.
Also at the hearing: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame.
Opposing the bill are national media organizations like the Motion Picture Association of America, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalist… they say the law would infringe on constitutional rights.
Aligned in support of the new tort law is a long list of celebrities like Britney Spears and Neil Diamond.
Committee Chair, Senator Clayton Hee, proposed a few amendments to the bill.
Two thirds of the star struck state senate co-sponsored the bill… many of them posed for pictures with the rock stars after the hearing.