Duke on iTunes U Policies and Guidelines


iTunes U is a content distribution system from Apple that enables colleges and universities to make audio and video material from lectures, interviews, audio books and other sources more available to students with the ease of the iTunes Store. It allows users to download the content to their Mac or PC, transfer the information to their iPod and listen to it or view it anywhere and at any time.

Recording Release

We highly recommend collecting signed recording release forms for all content you'd like to post in iTunes U. A form in widespread use here at Duke can be downloaded here.

Copyright Information

An excellent guide has been created by the folks behind the Creative Commons licensing initiative (http://www.creativecommons.org/). This guide published as a wiki, is known as the Podcasting Legal Guide, and can be found at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide. In the guide is a comprehensive review of the legal issues you may face in creating and distributing a podcast.

Click here for more information about intellectual property and digital rights from Duke's Scholarly Communications Officer.

Terms of Use

Because Apple hosts the content posted through iTunes U, they have some general guidelines in place to govern the appropriateness of content. These are expressed through its iTunes Terms of Service.

  • Direct links to illegal, socially harmful, or pornographic material are not permitted.
  • Text, images, or sounds, which violate local, state, national, or international laws are not permitted.
  • You may not create pages that contain material copyrighted by someone other than yourself unless permission has been obtained from the copyright holder. The original author and copyright holder should be clearly and fully acknowledged if permission is given. You should even be cautious about creating links to pages that contain unapproved copyrighted material.
  • You may not use Duke on iTunes U for commercial gain.

In addition to the policy and guidelines described here, Duke University's Computing Policies shall be considered in effect.

iTunes U Album Ownership

Any officially recognized Duke group may request an album that they administer. The Duke iTunes U team will work with requestors to determine the appropriate location for the album within Duke's iTunes U site.

When an album already exists or ownership needs to change, the request should come from any of the current album administrators.

If no current administrators can be contacted or if there is a problem with album ownership, it is the responsibility of the requestor to contact the leadership of the album's proper Duke owner. They should then submit the request for transference of album administration and the request will be verified by the iTunes U team.