Harvard Library’s Copyright First Responders

This fall Harvard Library is deploying a program developed as a resource for anyone at Harvard struggling with copyright issues.  These people have been designated the Copyright First Responders (CFRs)

The program was founded by Kyle K. Courtney, the copyright advisor at the Office for Scholarly Communication.  He is building a distributed network of individuals across Harvard’s libraries trained to either answer questions themselves or refer them up to experts.

In a recent session addressing digital first sale, the importance of copyright on daily library operations was clear: “If a library has 1,000 e-books, it doesn’t really own them in the traditional sense of the word, which interferes with collections, which interferes with preservation, which interferes with being a library,” said Courtney.

Learn more at Library Launches Copyright First Responders Program

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