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Schwarzenegger Signs Paparazzi Bill into Law

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California's celebrity governor had no problem signing this bill into law yesterday. AB 2479 by Karen Bass (D - Los Angeles) takes some illegal tactics used by paparazzi and upgrades them to misdemeanors.

"Existing law makes it a crime to willfully interfere with the driver of a vehicle or with the mechanism thereof so as to affect the driver's control of the vehicle, to follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, as specified, and to engage in reckless driving, as described," explains the bill's legislative summary.

AB2479 would take those crimes and upgrade them to a misdemeanor if someone is trying to capture image, sound or recording of another person for commercial purpose. Blocking the sidewalk will also be a no-no as that could be considered "false imprisonment."