Kyle K. Courtney, both lawyer and librarian, 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. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative was profiled in Library Journal in 2013, and he was named a National Academic Library Mover & Shaker in 2015. In 2014, he founded Fair Use Week, now an international celebration sponsored annually by over 100+ universities, libraries, and other institutions. He also currently teaches research sessions at Harvard Law School, training first year law students on the fundamentals of legal research as part of the Legal Research and Writing program. He recently won a Knight Foundation Grant to develop technology for crowdsourcing copyright and fair use decisions.
He also currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program at the College of Computer and Information Science and teaching both "Legal Research and Writing for LLM's" and the "Advanced Legal Writing Workshop" at the Northeastern University School of Law.
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 copyright, technology, libraries, and the law. His writing has appeared in Politico, Law 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 http://kylecourtney.com and he can be found on Twitter @KyleKCourtney.