It isn't officially called the Steven Tyler Act. But the Aerosmith singer - and former "American Idol" judge - is likely to be pleased with the measure passed by the Hawaii state Senate yesterday.
The bill makes it a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in private moments. Tyler asked a state senator to sponsor the bill after paparazzi took photos of him and his girlfriend last December - and they ended up in a national magazine.
The images caused some domestic drama for Tyler. Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui - which is part of the sponsor's district. Opponents of the bill say it restricts freedom of the press.
The Hawaii House of Representatives takes up the measure now.
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