iTunes U is a content distribution system offered free of charge that enables colleges and universities to make audio and video material available to students, staff, faculty and others via the iTunes Store. iTunes U allows users to subscribe and download the content to their computer, transfer it to their iPod or portable device and view it or listen to it at their convenience. Based on a written and signed agreement with Apple Computer, Inc., Des Moines University has the ability to distribute content via iTunes U. Des Moines University on iTunes U is an official initiative of Des Moines University, and it is sponsored by the marketing and communications office.

Terms of use

Unless otherwise specified in this document or other University policies, use of iTunes U and Des Moines University podcasting resources are restricted to activities related to the university’s mission. iTunes U cannot be used in a manner that violates the law, for political campaigning, personal gain or activities not approved by the college. Users also agree to abide by the following existing Des Moines University policies.

Users of iTunes U must abide by the following policies and terms of use stipulated in the agreement with Apple, Inc.

Apple does not allow material to be sold directly through iTunes U.


Under Des Moines University policy, content producers are responsible for making sure the content of any audio, video and PDF documents complies with copyright law. Questions about copyright and related issues should be referred to DMU’s University Counsel.


Materials uploaded to Des Moines University on iTunes U retain the same ownership as the materials had before uploading.

Intellectual Property Rights

The content on the iTunes U website, including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like (“Content”) and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein (“Marks”), are owned by or licensed to Des Moines University, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions. Content on the website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners. Des Moines University reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the Website and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Website for any commercial purposes. If you download or print or reproduce a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security related features of the Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Website or the Content therein.

For general guidance with issues under the U.S. copyright law, please consult the Copyright Overview from Apple Computer, Inc.

Consent and releases

The University provides a standard consent form for recording and publishing content. Click here to download a copy of the consent form. A consent must be obtained for all persons who are recorded or videotaped, including students, with the exception of DMU employees before posting to the Des Moines University public iTunes U site.

Content creators understand that their course pages and/or content may be used for training/educational purposes or publicizing iTunes U within the University.

Content guidelines

  • Materials uploaded to DMU on iTunes U must be sponsored and produced by a DMU department/unit, faculty member or official student group.
  • Content should adhere to the policies listed under “Terms of Use.”
  • Media file specifications should adhere to those in the Apple iTunes U User’s Guide.

Public content

DMU recognizes that providing podcasts via iTunes U is a legitimate way to increase audience and provide a consolidated gateway to DMU-branded media. Public content is available to a general, non-restricted audience therefore this material is subject to these additional guidelines:

  • Content is subject to review by the site administrator with additional input, if necessary, from the iTunes U advisory group.
  • Content providers are encouraged to seek approval from their sponsoring school, division, unit or campus group.
  • Content should be branded with the Des Moines University logo which may include the DMU logo and appropriate ID3 tags (metadata).


Content creators are responsible for maintaining local archival copies of materials uploaded to iTunes U. Neither Apple nor DMU’s iTunes U systems administrator are responsible for maintaining backups of iTunes U content.

Removal of content

The iTunes U site administrator reserves the right to remove file(s) that violate any college policies and procedures, and U.S. law.


iTunes U will be managed by AVS and marketing and communications department in conjunction with the iTunes U Advisory Group. The iTunes U advisory group consists of representatives from the three colleges along with other departments on campus. Members of the advisory group will provide feedback and advisement to AVS, marketing and communications department and the iTunes U administrator and communicate with their respective unit as needed. The iTunes U site administrator will be responsible managing user’s credentials, creating albums and sub-sites and providing support for iTunes U.

Service downtime

Apple, Inc does not promise that iTunes U will be available at all times. Faculty, staff and students are cautioned to prepare contingency plans in the event that the iTunes website is not available.


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