Paparazzi Laws


2009 

PRI Founder, Sean Burke & California Assembly Speaker, Karen BassThe office of California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass contacted the Paparazzi Reform Initiative in May of 2009 with a request for assistance in getting new paparazzi-reform legislation passed in the California Legislature.  The result was passage of AB 524 which was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in October, 2009.  The law became effective January 1, 2010. 

     AB 524 - Full Text

AB 524 imposes penalties on anyone who purchases a photograph taken illegally.  The law is directed at the media outlets who purchase photos taken by paparazzi who break laws during the act of capturing photos.  Penalties range from $5,000 to $50,000. 

The Paparazzi Reform Initiative in the press:  Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Santa Monica Daily Press.

 

2010 

For the 2010 legislative season, the Paparazzi Reform Initiative proposed language for a new paparazzi reform bill to Speaker Bass which she introduced as AB 2479.  The bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September, 2010.  The law became effective January 1, 2011. 

     AB 2479 - Full Text

AB 2479 adds "false imprisonment" as another actionable behavior in 1708.8 of the California Civil Code (Privacy Law) as well as increasing penalties for those driving recklessly in an attempt to capture a visual image (fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail - if a minor is endangered in the pursuit, fine of up to $5,000 and a year in jail).

The Paparazzi Reform Initiative in the press:  Los Angeles Times, The Wrap, Toronto Star, Malibu Times, Huffington Post - part one, part two, Public Radio and Marilyn Beck & Stacy Smith's syndicated column