Audio and Visual Policy

USE OF LEGISLATIVELY PRODUCED AUDIO OR VISUAL MATERIALS IN POLITICAL ADVERTISING PROHIBITED.
(Government Code 306.005)
  1. A person may not use audio or video materials produced by or under the direction of the legislature or of a house, committee, or agency of the legislature in political advertising.
  2. After a formal hearing held as provided by Subchapter E, Chapter 571, the Texas Ethics Commission may impose a civil penalty against a person who violates this section. The amount of the penalty may not exceed $5,000 for each violation.
  3. Subsection (a) does not prohibit describing or quoting the verbal content of the audio or video materials in political advertising.
  4. In this section, "political advertising" has the meaning assigned by Section 251.001, Election Code.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 877, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
COMMERCIAL USE OF LEGISLATIVELY PRODUCED AUDIO OR VISUAL MATERIALS.
(Government Code 306.006)
A person may not use audio or video materials produced by or under the direction of the legislature or of a house, committee, or agency of the legislature for a commercial purpose unless the legislative entity that produced the audio or video materials or under whose direction the audio or video materials were produced gives its permission for the person's commercial use and:
the person uses the audio or video materials only for educational or public affairs programming, including news programming, that does not also constitute a use prohibited under Section 306.005; or
the person transmits to paid subscribers an unedited feed of the audio or visual materials.
A person who violates Subsection (a) commits an offense. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.
The legislative entity that produced the audio or video materials or under whose direction the audio or video materials were produced shall give its permission to a person to use the materials for a commercial purpose described by Subsection (a)(1) if the person or the person's representative submits to the legislative entity a signed, written request for the use that:
states the purpose for which the audio or video materials will be used and the stated purpose is allowed under Subsection (a)(1); and
contains an agreement by the person that the audio or visual materials will not be used for a commercial purpose other than the stated purpose.
The legislative entity is not required to give its permission to any person to use the materials for a purpose described by Subsection (a)(2) and may limit the number of persons to whom it gives its permission to use the materials for a purpose described by Subsection (a)(2).
Subsection (a) and an agreement under Subsection (c)(2) do not prohibit compiling, describing, quoting from, analyzing, or researching the verbal content of the audio or visual materials for a commercial purpose.
In addition to the criminal penalty that may be imposed under Subsection (b), the attorney general shall enforce this section at the request of the legislative entity by bringing a civil action to enjoin a violation of Subsection (a) or of an agreement under Subsection (c)(2).
In this section, "commercial purpose" means a purpose that is intended to result in a profit or other tangible benefit.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 877, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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