About


Kyle K. Courtney is an attorney presently working at Harvard University as its first Copyright Advisor out of the Office for Scholarly Communication. In this role, he works with over 70 Harvard Libraries 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, 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. Previously, he worked as Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship at Harvard Law School, and continues to teach first year legal research as part of the Legal Research and Writing program at Harvard Law School.

He runs a copyright law consulting practice for libraries, higher education institutions, non-profit groups, and specialized archives.  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.  For the past six years, Kyle has continued to design and teach seminars in international legal research methods for both PHRGE and the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network at Columbia Law. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law. He earned his MLS from Simmons College in Boston. He is a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. Kyle’s latest chapter on copyright law is forthcoming in the work Libraries in the Digital Age, by Scarecrow Press.