Hawai'i Film Industry Permit Application
TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO TORT ACTIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Hawai‘i is home to many celebrities, particularly on Maui, who are subjected to harassment from photographers and reporters seeking photographs and news stories. The privacy of these celebrities endure unwarranted invasion into their personal lives. Although their celebrity status may justify a lower expectation of privacy, the legislature finds that sometimes the paparazzi go too far to disturb the peace and tranquility afforded celebrities who escape to Hawai‘i for a quiet life.
Existing Hawai‘i statutes are silent on a civil cause of action for constructive invasion of privacy. Therefore, many celebrities are deterred from buying property or vacationing in Hawai‘i because the same paparazzi that harass them on the mainland are more likely to follow them to Hawai‘i. However, a few celebrities are not discouraged from visiting or residing in our beautiful State. For example, Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith for over forty years, former "American Idol" judge, and world-renowned celebrity has recently purchased a home on Maui. He will now be sharing his time between Boston, Los Angeles, and his new home on Maui. In honor of Steven Tyler's contribution to the arts in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, this Act shall be known as the Steven Tyler Act.
The purpose of this Act is to encourage celebrities to visit and reside in our State by creating a civil cause of action for the constructive invasion of privacy.
SECTION 2. Chapter 663, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§663- Constructive invasion of privacy; civil cause of action. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Steven Tyler Act".
(b) A person is liable for a civil action of constructive invasion of privacy if the person captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy.
(c) Constructive invasion of privacy shall include an assault or false imprisonment committed with the capture of or intent to capture any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person.
(d) A person who commits constructive invasion of privacy shall be liable for the following damages proximately caused by a violation of this section:
(1) General damages;
(2) Special damages; and
(3) Punitive damages up to three times the amount of general and special damages combined.
(e) If the constructive invasion of privacy is committed for a commercial purpose, the person shall also be subject to disgorgement to the plaintiff of any proceeds or other consideration obtained as a result of the violation of this section.
(f) A person who directs, solicits, induces, or causes another person, regardless of whether there is an employer-employee relationship, to violate this section is liable for damages to the same extent as provided in subsection (d).
(g) Any person who transmits, publishes, broadcasts, sells, offers for sale, uses any visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression, or who subsequently retransmits, republishes, rebroadcasts, resells, reoffers to sell, or reuses any visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression in any form, medium, format, or work of the same visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression that was taken or captured in violation of this section shall constitute a violation of this section if:
(1) The person had actual knowledge that the visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression was taken or captured in violation of this section; and
(2) The person received compensation, consideration, or remuneration, monetary or otherwise, for the rights to the unlawfully obtained visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression.
(h) This section shall also apply to a person who is situated within state marine waters, as defined in section 187A‑1.5, while engaging in constructive invasion of privacy.
(i) In any action pursuant to this section, the court additionally may grant equitable relief, including but not limited to an injunction and restraining order against further violation of this section.
(j) It is not a defense to a violation of this section that no image, recording, or physical impression was captured or sold.
(k) For the purposes of this section, "for a commercial purpose" means any act done with the expectation of a sale, financial gain, or other consideration. A visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression shall not be found to have been or intended to have been captured for a commercial purpose unless it is intended to be, or was in fact, sold, published, or transmitted.
(l) This section shall not be construed to supersede any criminal offense that may be related to a violation of this section.
(m) The rights and remedies provided in this section are cumulative and in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law."
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2013.
Invasion of Privacy; Civil Cause of Action; Steven Tyler
Creates a civil cause of action of constructive invasion of privacy if the person obtains any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person under circumstances in which another person has a reasonable expectation of keeping private their personal life under certain conditions.
The Hawaii Film Office is an agency of the U.S. state of Hawaii through the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The agency facilitates all in-state film and television productions and photography shoots, whether they are small, local, or independent projects or large commercial projects.Each county also has its own film commission that works in concert with the state-run Hawaii Film Office. These county offices coordinate relations between media producers and the specific counties within which they film — Big Island Film Office, Honolulu Film Office, Kauai Film Commission and Maui Film Office. Each film commission is led by a film commissioner, appointed by respective county mayors, that acts as a liaison with the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature in consideration of tax incentives and other benefits granted for filming in Hawaii.Among the first film studios owned by the Hawaii Film Office was the Hawaii Film Studio, located on the island of Oaho
This information provided by Hawai'i Film Office Standard Film Permit: This is the most common type of permit for film, television, and commercial productions. Productions may list specific State-administered locations at which they intend to film along with proposed dates and times. Permits must be submitted five (5) working days prior to the first date of usage (prep/shooting). Productions must have required insurance in place prior to applying. Depending on the complexity or sensitivity of the shoot, productions may also be required to have supervisory state personnel present on location during a shootLocation Fees: Most State-administered locations are free to use for filming, but there are several exceptions: airports, harbors, and highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation are $100/day; small boat harbors, launch ramps, and beaches under the Department of Land and Natural Resources / Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation are $100/day; parks and beaches under the Department of Land and Natural Resources / Division of State Parks have a $100/day nonrefundable fee; and locations that fall under the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands are $1,000/day.Depending on the complexity or sensitivity of the shoot, productions may also be required to have supervisory state personnel present on location during a shoot at $60 per hour (with a 4-hour minimum per day). Use of DLNR’s waterborne vessels for monitoring purposes will be charged a $50 per hour fee (with a 4-hour minimum per day).For your convenience, the Standard Film Permit Application may be downloaded from the links below as a fillable PDF or fillable MS Word document. We suggest that you save these forms to your computer, fill them out on your computer, print them, and fax them to us for processing.APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
STANDARD FILM PERMIT APPLICATION:Here are examples of how a completed standard film permit, corresponding map, and certificate of insurance should look.📷 (Fillable, not saveable, but check out Adobe Reader for Mobile)1.GENERAL INFORMATION.pdf2.SPECIFIC INFORMATION.pdfComplete a “specific information” page for EACH location listed in section 7 of the general.ADDENDUM.pdf(for changes to already approved locations only).📷 (Fillable/Saveable. Will not open in Chrome)1.GENERAL INFORMATION.dot2.SPECIFIC INFORMATION.dotComplete a “specific information” page for EACH location listed in section 7 of the general.ADDENDUM.dot(for changes to already approved locations only).Important Notes:
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