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Sep 25, 2013 3:12 PM by Nikai Salcido

New California law to protect celebs' kids from paparazzi

CALIFORNIA - The state's governor has signed a bill that puts limits on paparazzi.

The bill will give tougher penalties for paparazzi and others who harass children of public figures.

Violators could face up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

The legislation also allows parents to seek civil action against violators for damages and attorney's fees.

The law will take effect in January.

Media outlets oppose the legislation, saying it's too broad and could limit news gathering.

California legislators say the bill does not infringe on first amendment rights because it focuses on a photographer's behavior, not the act of taking a picture.

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