Texas Education Code
Sec. § 31.075
Ownership; Licensing


State-developed open education resource instructional material is the property of the state.


To encourage the use of instructional material purchased by the state under this subchapter by school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, the commissioner shall provide a license for the instructional material that allows for the free use, reuse, modification, or sharing of the material by any person or entity.


The terms of a license provided by the commissioner under this section:


shall require that a user who reproduces the instructional material in any manner:


except as provided by Subdivision (2)(A), must keep all copyright notices for the material intact;


except as provided by Subdivision (2)(A), must attribute the authorship of the material to the agency or another person specified by the commissioner;


must indicate if the user has modified the material;


may not assert or imply any connection with or sponsorship or endorsement by the agency or this state, unless authorized by the commissioner; and


to the extent reasonably practicable, must provide in any product or derivative material a uniform resource identifier or hyperlink through which a person may obtain the material free of charge;


must provide that:


the commissioner may request that a user remove a copyright notice or attribution from the material and that a user must comply with the request to the extent reasonably practicable; and


the rights granted under the license to a user are automatically terminated if the user fails to comply with the terms of the license; and


may include any additional terms determined by the commissioner.


The commissioner may exempt a license under this section from including one or more of the requirements under Subsection (c)(1).


The commissioner shall determine what is considered reasonably practicable for purposes of Subsections (c)(1)(E) and (c)(2)(A).


The commissioner may:


specify requirements to reinstate a user’s rights under a license that has been terminated; and


reinstate a user’s rights on completion of those requirements.


The commissioner may use a license commonly applied to an open education resource in implementing this section.


The attorney general shall represent the agency in an action brought under this section and may recover reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining relief, including court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, investigative costs, witness fees, and deposition costs.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 679 (H.B. 2488), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2009.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 6 (S.B. 6), Sec. 46, eff. July 19, 2011.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 581 (S.B. 810), Sec. 24, eff. June 9, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 942 (S.B. 1784), Sec. 4, eff. June 15, 2017.
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