BILL NUMBER: SB 48	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 12, 2009
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 23, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Alquist
    (   Principal coauthor:   Senator 
 Romero   ) 

                        JANUARY 12, 2009

   An act to add Section 66410 to the Education Code, relating to
college textbooks.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 48, as amended, Alquist. College textbooks: electronic
versions.
   Existing law establishes the various segments of the public higher
education system in the state. These segments include the University
of California, which is administered by the Regents of the
University of California, the California State University, which is
administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and
the California Community Colleges, which is administered by the Board
of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
   Existing law requires publishers of instructional material for use
at public institutions of postsecondary education to make
instructional material available in electronic form in a format that
is compatible with commonly used braille translation and speech
synthesis software upon the written request of a campus of a
university or college when required for the use of students who are
disabled.
   This bill would require that publishers of textbooks offered for
sale at a public postsecondary institution of education make the
textbooks available in an electronic format by January 1, 2020. The
bill would require that electronic versions of textbooks include the
same content as the printed versions and would allow the electronic
versions to be copy-protected.  The bill would prohibit
charging a higher amount for an electronic version than is charged
for the printed version. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 66410 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   66410.  (a) No later than January 1, 2020, any individual, firm,
partnership, or corporation that publishes textbooks offered for sale
at the University of California, the California State University, or
the California Community Colleges, shall make the textbooks 
available for sale in an electronic format. The price at which the
electronic version of the textbook is made available shall not be
greater than the price charged for the printed version. The 
 available for sale in an electronic format. The 
electronic version of any textbook shall contain the same content as
the printed version and may be copy-protected.
   (b) For purposes of this section, "textbook"  means a
book, not including a novel, that contains printed material and is
intended for use as a source of study material for a class or group
of students, a copy of which is expected to be available for the use
of each of the students in that class or group.   has
the same meaning as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66406.7.

   (c) This section does not authorize any use of instructional
materials that would constitute an infringement of copyright under
the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, as amended (17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et
seq.).