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The National Press Photographers Association says the bill is “well-meaning but ill-conceived” and tramples on constitutional rights.

The New York-based organization represents numerous national media organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

The Motion Picture Association of America also opposes the bill.

The organization says the bill would hurt law enforcement by making it harder to police movie piracy

The bill would open up photographers, videographers and distributors to civil lawsuits if they take, sell or disseminate photos or videos of celebrities during private or family moments “in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person.”

The bill doesn’t specify whether public places, like Hawaii’s beaches, would be exempt. The bill says it would apply to people who take photos from boats or anywhere else within ocean waters.

English says the bill is not intended to limit beach photos. But he says Tyler has had paparazzi hide in his bushes to take photos of him inside his house.

Photos of vacationing stars in swimsuits have long been a fixture in tabloids and celebrity magazines.

The state’s largest newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, published an editorial Thursday that called lawmakers who support the bill “star-struck.”

The newspaper said the bill might not affect only journalists.

“It could also make lawbreakers out of anyone taking photographs in public places, be it an ordinary photojournalist or someone with a camera phone,” the editorial said.


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