Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
Kyle K. Coutrney
Kyle K. Courtney, both lawyer and librarian, is the copyright advisor for Harvard University. Working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication, Courtney works to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright law within the Harvard community and beyond. He also serves as copyright and information policy advisor for HarvardX/edX, and he continues to teach first year legal research sessions through Harvard Law School’s Legal Research & Writing Program. The State Copyright Resource Center, part of Courtney’s “Copyright First Responders” initiative, was profiled in Library Journal in 2013, and he was named a National Library Mover & Shaker in 2015.
Courtney co-founded Fair Use Week in 2014, which is now an international annual celebration sponsored by more than 140 universities, libraries, and other institutions. In 2016 he won a Knight Foundation grant to develop technology for crowdsourcing copyright and fair use assessments. He runs a copyright law consulting practice for libraries, higher education institutions, non-profit groups, and specialized archives. He has a dual appointment at Northeastern University as a faculty scholar for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at the School of Law and is in his tenth year of teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance Program at the College of Computer and Information Science. He holds a JD with distinction in Intellectual Property/High Technology Law and an MSLIS.
He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of copyright, technology, libraries, and the law. His writing has appeared in Politico, Slate, Library Journal, and other publications. His most recent book is MOOCs and Libraries in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield Ltd., 2015.)