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California passes new anti-paparazzi law, but will it help? (Or at least save Kate Moss?)

California passed a new anti-paparazzi law on Tuesday that will implement harsher penalties for photographers found breaking traffic laws or interfering with the operation of a celebrity’s car while in pursuit of a photo. Under this new legislation, those guilty can receive a fine of up to $5,000 or a year in prison. This is California’s second paparazzi-related law made in the last year; in October 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a similar bill which can fine photographers for taking photos that invade a celebrity’s privacy.

A video of Kate Moss at Los Angeles International airport – making the rounds today in support of the new law – certainly exemplifies the need for stricter penalties for paparazzi. In the 2008 video. Moss is consistently hounded by photographers, and later trapped outside of her car. Check it out below.

Have you ever seen anything so terrifying? Yes there are certain “celebrities” who seem to crave the attention of the paparazzi, as if they grow stronger from the bright lights of the flashbulbs (See: Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, the Kardashians, etc.). I admit that I’ve rolled my eyes when hearing a celebrity lament that he or she “just wants some privacy,” but after seeing this, maybe I should be more sympathetic?

What do you think PopWatchers? Has our obsession with celebrity reached horrifying heights? Will hefty fines and jail time be enough to keep the photographers away?  [Hollywood Reporter, Gawker]

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