Re: [Videolib] Input on this? ITunesU and VMR Media Migration

From: Susan Albrecht <>
Date: Mon Aug 03 2009 - 06:30:15 PDT

Nobody wants to talk about this?? Kind of strange, given that this
is the same group that can generate 45 posts on a typical "Can I or
can't I?" question. ;)

Awww, come on, what's your institution's stand on iTunesU? Is it
enough to password protect and restrict access to course-enrolled
individuals? Or does download-ability mean iTunesU should be avoided?


At 09:14 AM 7/31/2009, you wrote:
>I would be curious what comments any of you (particularly those of
>you who work in an academic library or media setting) might make in
>response to an announcement such as the following. Is it
>appropriate? Overreacting? Dead wrong? Absolutely right on? Don't
>want to respond because you're pleading the 5th? ;)
> >In review of our current copyright compliance policy regarding
> >digital audio and video files, we have decided to discontinue using
> >iTunesU for online access to copyright protected course
> >material. The issue with using iTunesU for students to access
> >copyright protected course media is it allows students to download
> >materials for viewing, rather than permitting access only to online
> >streamed content for a limited period of time. Since we have no
> >control over materials once they have been downloaded, several
> >independent organizations have advised that this violates the fair
> >use provision of the copyright law, even though materials are
> >restricted to students in the course.
> >
> >In order to avoid these copyright issues, we will revert to
> >streaming course materials on our VMR site. I am currently in the
> >process of transferring all applicable media files for the fall
> >semester from iTunesU to VMR.
> >
> >We will continue to use iTunesU to distribute the college's
> original content.
>Susan at Wabash College

Susan Albrecht
Acquisitions Manager
Wabash College Lilly Library
Crawfordsville, IN

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