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Finding Texas Laws by Date

Many times patrons at the Law Library request assistance in finding what statute (or version of a statute) was in effect on a specific date. At times, these inquiries can become quite complex, requiring the researcher to follow a trail of session laws to find the law as at existed at that date. Thanks to some new resources from the Texas Legislative Council, Texas State Law Library, researching the history of a Texas Statute has never been easier.
The Texas Legislative Council, who makes available to citizens the Texas Constitutions and Statutes online, has added a tool for finding what version of a law was in effect on a specific date. The Statutes by Date feature allows users to (1) enter a date from the present back to 2004 and then (2)choose the code, chapter (or article), and section number. The text of the statute as it read at the date selected will be displayed, along with the legislative history annotation as it read on that date. Though this method only reaches back to 200…

A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Lincensees and Licensors, 6th edition

The ABA's Business Law Section has recently published A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors, 6th ed. by H. Ward Classen. This book looks at the issues that both the licensor and licensee will likely encounter during the course of software licensing negotiations. In particular, the author covers the negotiating and contract process, terminology of a license grant, types of licenses, ancillary clauses, boilerplate clauses, software development agreements, confidentially provisions, trade secret information, and escrow agreements. Security and privacy, free and open source software, dispute resolution, and best practices for contract drafting are also among the topics discussed. There are select model forms available and a glossary and technology acronyms list are among the materials in the appendices. The library now has this under call number KF3024.C6 C56 2016 on the new titles shelf located across from the reference desk.