[LINK] iTunes hits Australian higher learning

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Jun 5 10:39:46 AEST 2008

>Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>  iTunes hits Australian higher learning

At 22:01 +1000 4/6/08, Brendan Scott wrote:
>And presumably ipods and iphones will become the only way to access 
>these universities' lectures.

Stanford Uni's FAQ says:
"How do I access Stanford on iTunes U?
First, make sure you have the most current version of iTunes 
installed on your Mac or PC computer. "

My understanding is that the iTunes Terms permit other copies of the 
same material to be published through other channels, possibly *any* 
other channels, I'm unsure.

*But* my understanding is that iTunes Terms *preclude* a 
copyright-owner from making the same material available under an open 
content licence such as Creative Commons.

[No, I haven't seen the Terms, and don't know whether they're 
publicly accessible.]

I accordingly refused UniMelb the copyright licence permission they 
requested in relation to the video of a Panel Session I participated 
in last year.  (The copyright licence was almost indistinguishable 
from a copyright assignment, so I might have declined to sign it 
anyway;  but that's a separate issue).

I recommend that the word be spread far and wide that Apple are 
seeking to apply and exploit the appallingly unbalanced 
extended-copyright laws, and that contributors to academic events 
should refuse permission to universities to place their material on 
iTunes U (while encouraging dissemination through appropriate 
channels, by means of appropriate licences).

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