Photo Terrorists beware: anti-paparazzi bill 606 becomes law

Halle Berry anti-paparazzi bill 606rs_560x415-130813174025-1024.berry.garner.ls.81313Two Celebrity Moms  took their case of harassment to the California Legislature and left with new legislation, which will limit the paparazzi’s ability to photograph stars’ children. Bill 606 has become law in the state of California.

Bill 606, championed by actress Halle Berry,  and Jennifer Garner who testified before the state assembly, sets out to protect the children of those in the public eye.

It lays out penalties for taking photos and video of a child without parental consent and in a harassing manner.

It would be “the beginning of the end,” Berry said, for “aggressive paparazzi”.

Earlier this week, it was signed into California law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“I started this fight with a great deal of hope and a bit of uncertainty so I cannot express my immense gratitude that Gov. Brown has recognized, and acted to remedy, the plight of children who are tormented because of the identity or prominence of their parents,” said Berry.

The Academy award-winning actress was seen shouting at photographers taking pictures of her family after arriving at Los Angeles International airport in April, with her partner Olivier Martinez and her daughter.

Pregnant Berry also thanked actress Jennifer Garner and British singer Adele for joining her in her fight.

Halle Berry anti-paparazzi bill 6069205268_600x338-1“I am forever in awe of the support I got within my community, from the enormously talented musician Adele to fellow actor Jennifer Garner, who traveled with me to Sacramento to share her children’s stories, experience and her desire to give them a better life.”

The law comes into effect in January. Those breaking it could receive between 10 days and one year in jail, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill also allows for parents to bring a civil action against violators to seek damages and legal fees.

“Kids shouldn’t be tabloid fodder,” said Senator Kevin de Leon, who put forward the bill, adding that the new law “will give children, no matter who their parents are, protection from harassers who go to extremes to turn a buck”.

The Motion Picture Association of America was among several groups that opposed the legislation, saying it infringes upon free speech protections.

Mr De Leon’s office claimed the bill does not infringe on First Amendment rights because it targets the photographer’s conduct, not the act of taking a photograph.

Other organizations in opposition include the National Press Photographers Association and the California Broadcasters Association.

SPY HOLLYWOOD is also a champion of free speech. These paparazzi have gone from photo journalist to become photo terrorists.

“It is for all of us that I rejoice today and hope that this fight will continue and that the proper enforcement of this law will truly make a positive impact on the daily lives of all children,” said Berry.

As a media outlet, the entire staff of SPY HOLLYWOOD, and SPY MEDIA support and celebrate these two contagious and courageous moms.

Being here in Hollywood, the general public has no idea what those hard to get photos they enjoy in the check out line cost the person or family.

It is much like sausage, no one eating it wants to see it being made. On many an occasion I have been horrified with the paparazzi gone completely amuck.

Like a pack of rabid dogs. I was at a meeting in the Beverly Hotel and the paparazzi thought a major star was in the hotel’s bathroom stall  and surrounded it and climbed over and under to get that money shot.

The elderly (not a celebrity) man nearly bought the farm as the fear of intrusion was overwhelming and personal.

If I have heard this line from one paparazzi, I have heard it from 100 of them, that ‘if the stars don’t like being photo-stalked don’t be a personality.’ Really!

That said, if the celebrity paid to have camera gangs stalk, invade, and suffocate these same so called photo gathers night and day, sucking the life and air out of the room, destroying every piece of personal space, these same camera hounds would be downtown getting a restraining order issued. Guaranteed.

What is good for the golden goose is not good for those who gander at them.

SPY HOLLYWOOD has a policy of no celebrity kid photos that are not requested or sanctioned by the parent. We love our business and respect those we work with.

If the public stopped buying these newsstand rags, many of the hungry paparazzi would dissipate.

It’s all about the money shot, but what damage does the invasion do to the mind of a child?

No need for monsters under the bed, they are always right outside the door, waiting under the bushes, ready to jump out and take our picture.

Lou Ceffer

 

 

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