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AB-2471 Postsecondary education: e-textbooks.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 66409.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66409.5.
 (a) The Trustees of the California State University and the governing board of each community college district shall, and the Regents of the University of California and the governing body of each private postsecondary educational institution that offers a baccalaureate degree are urged to, develop and adopt rules, regulations, and procedures that would mandate that an e-textbook assigned as required or recommended reading in a course offered at the postsecondary educational institution comply with all of the requirements of subdivision (b).
(b) An e-textbook assigned as required or recommended reading in a course offered at the postsecondary educational institution shall comply with the following:
(1) For content licensed as proprietary copyright, the publisher shall make available to the consumer a clear and explicit refund policy allowing a full refund for a purchased e-textbook for up to 14 days from the date of purchase.
(2) The publisher shall provide the consumer with explicit digital rights management information, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) The percentage of the e-textbook that can be printed.
(B) The percentage of the e-textbook that can be copied and pasted outside of the electronic reading environment.
(C) The percentage of the e-textbook that can be exported outside of the electronic reading environment.
(D) The durability of any notes or highlights the consumer creates.
(E) The duration of time in which the consumer can access the e-textbook.
(c) As used in this section:
(1) “E-textbook” means an electronic text, image, or interactive modular-based publication in digital form, licensed as either proprietary copyright or under applicable open license terms including creative commons, produced on, published by, and readable on, computers or other digital devices. “E-textbook” includes enhancement components, including multimedia.
(2) “Multimedia” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, sound, images, video, animated graphics, and interactive features.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.