Anti-Paparazzi Law to Take Effect in January
Most celebrities (even the semi-famous and rather unattractive kind) can’t even burp in public without a photographer documenting their moves shot-by-shot. Yet, major money can be made documenting the thriller endeavors of Jessica Alba’s Target run, La Loca Lohan’s club hopping or basically every move that Britney Spears and Robert Pattinson make.
Our culture is obsessed with celebrity lives and in an attempt to control the madness of paparazzi invasion, California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is laying down the law and has already signed a bill that will fine photographers and media outlets up to $50,000 if they are caught taking or selling photos of a celebrity in “personal or familial activity.”
Familial activity? What does that even mean? (It’s fine, I didn’t know either). Well, if a celebrity is having a Sunday BBQ at their house, for example, and kids are running around, music is blaring and drinks are being downed like candy, a paparazzi (and media outlets like Socialite Life’s website) would get fined if any photo is taken or bought from an event for the purpose of profit if the law is enforced.
Aside from the media-craving crazies like Heidi and Spencer that ask for all the attention, nobody deserves getting into a car accident because you have twenty paps tailing you while you drive to the grocery store.