Kyle K. Courtney, Esq.

Kyle K. Courtney is the Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication.  He works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the copyright and information policy advisor for HarvardX/edX, and founding the first Harvard Copyright Working Group, an outgrowth of the Harvard Library Lab grant he was awarded to develop a web-based "Fair Use and Copyright Tool" for use by the Harvard Library community.  He runs a copyright law consulting practice for libraries, higher education institutions, non-profit groups, and specialized archives.  He also currently teaches a section at Harvard Law School, training first year law students on the fundamentals of legal research in the Legal Research and Writing program.  Before joining Harvard University, 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 MSLIS.  He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topic of libraries and copyright.   He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, libraries, and the law.  His writing has appeared in Politico, Slate, Library Journal, and other publications.  Kyle’s most recent book is titled MOOC’s and Libraries, published by Rowman & Littlefield, Ltd.  His blog is at and he can be found on Twitter @KyleKCourtney.