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Starter Kit: Content Guidelines

Eastern Michigan University requires all EMU on iTunes U content contributors to comply with federal and state copyright laws and policies. Contributors are personally responsible for copyright compliance, and are individually responsible for any violations of copyright law. As a content contributor, you must also make sure any individuals who appear in your audio or video recordings consent to being included, and that they understand how the resulting podcast will be used.

Everyone who is personally identifiable in any podcast recording must sign a release form before the podcast can be put online. EMU Employees should submit the completed "EMU on iTunes U Release Form/License Agreement" (included in this kit). It is not necessary to obtain signed release forms for individuals who ask occasional short questions, such as in a course lecture or talk.

Guest Speakers can also be included on EMU on iTunes U after the speaker completes and signs the "Guest Speaker/Presenter Release Form/License Agreement" (included in this kit). The completed/signed form should be submitted to the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), 127 Pray Harrold. It is the responsibility of the event coordinator to assure that the release has been signed and submitted to DoIT before placing content on EMU on iTunes U that includes a guest speaker or presenter.

For legal purposes, EMU requires that your department or unit retain these consent forms on file for seven years after the material is no longer available on EMU on iTunes U or the Web. Form copies will also be retained by DoIT.

Rules of thumb for intellectual property concerns and copyright law

Types of copyrighted materials you might encounter include (this list is not comprehensive):

  • Literary works such as texts
  • Musical works, including any accompanying lyrics
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and choreography
  • Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings, and
  • Architectural works

Content related to EMU mission and goals

Content considered for inclusion on the public face of EMU on iTunes U should reflect the values and goals of Eastern Michigan University. The content should reflect collaboration, academic excellence, research, and ethical practice. Content can describe existing programs of study, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, research projects, innovative uses of technology, or college life.

Students are also encouraged to submit podcasts that focus on their experiences at EMU. Student work must be sponsored by a faculty member who accepts co-responsibility for the content with the student.

For complete guidelines on content submission, review the EMU on iTunes U Public Content Policy.