In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law that is intended to protect celebrities’ children from harassing behavior of photographers.
In addition to potential jail time of up to a year, the law will impose significant penalties on a photographer who harasses a celebrity’s child under the age of 18. Potential fines include $10,000 for the first violation; $20,000 for a second offense; and up to $30,000 for a third. The parent or guardian of the minor may also seek damages.
Harassment is defined within the law as encompassing “conduct in the course of the actual or attempted recording of children’s images and/or voices, without express parental consent, by following their activities or lying in wait.”
One of the law’s main and most prominent supporters has been Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who is currently pregnant with her second child. Others involved in the fight for this law include actresses Jennifer Garner and Nia Vardalos.
“On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress,” said Berry.
The law will go into effect on January 1, 2014.
What do you think of this law?