A new California law makes it more difficult for paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities and public figures to sell them, reports the Los Angeles Times. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the privacy measure this week, and it takes effect Jan. 1. The law makes it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape a child in a harassing manner if the image is being taken because the child’s parent is a celebrity or public official. It provides penalties of up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
The California Broadcasters Association and and California Newspaper Publishers Associated had opposed the bill. But it drew strong support from Hollywood celebrities. Actresses Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified before the Legislature that when they take their children out in public, they are harassed by paparazzi.