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This site serves as a clearinghouse of copyright resources for the Harvard Library community and beyond. The content included here is an extension of the Harvard Library Copyright Advisor's efforts to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright among Harvard faculty, students, and staff in support of pedagogy, research, and innovation. As the Library's Copyright First Responder network continues to collaborate with the Copyright Advisor to develop services and support for the University community, look for updates, including information about public domain, fair use, theses and dissertations, and publishing/author rights, and more.

Harvard's Copyright Advisor received generous support from the Arcadia Fund.


Kyle K. Courtney is an attorney who works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. Kyle also works with the Office of General Counsel on intellectual property issues associated with the newly created HarvardX classes. Before joining the OSC, Kyle worked at Harvard Law School as the manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship. He currently maintains 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 teaching "Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights" for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MLIS. He is a published author and frequent speaker on the topic of libraries and copyright.

Ben Steinberg, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication, Digital Library Software Engineer (2014-2016)

Emily Kilcer, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication, Project Coordinator (2014-2018)

Current designated Copyright First Responders may be found here: