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Kyle K. Courtney is a lawyer and librarian, serving as the Copyright Advisor at Harvard University, working out of Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. His work frames the law as the foundation for advancing the mission of all libraries, archives, and cultural institutions to acquire, preserve, maintain, and share the world’s culture. He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright and related legal issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its ninth year and has spread beyond Harvard to reach libraries, archives, and cultural institutions in twelve states. He serves on boards and legal advisory committees for various law, library, and open access institutions including the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright project, Buddhist Digital Resource Center, and EveryLibrary Institute. Most recently, he co-founded and is Board Chair of Library Futures, a non-profit dedicated to empowering libraries to take control of their digital futures. He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of copyright, libraries, and the law. You can follow him on Twitter @KyleKCourtney