All Harvard users must respect the copyrights in works that are accessible through computers connected to the Harvard network.
Federal copyright law prohibits the reproduction, distribution, public display or public performance of copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright owner, unless fair use or another exemption under copyright law applies. In appropriate circumstances, Harvard will terminate the network access of users who are found to have repeatedly infringed the copyrights of others, and may also take disciplinary action.
Information about the application of copyright law to peer-to-peer file sharing of music, movies and other copyrighted works is available on this website.
Students with questions about copyright or this policy are invited to raise those questions with an appropriate dean, tutor or academic officer. Staff supervisors and members of the faculty with questions are welcome to contact the University’s Office of the General Counsel.
Other resources on the web
- Copyright Basics from the US Copyright Office
- MIT Policy on Copyright
- Crash course on copyright (University of Texas)
Reporting Copyright Infringements
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), Pub. L. 105-304, Harvard has designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring in the harvard.edu domain. If you believe that your copyrighted work is being infringed, notify our designated agent specified below.
Please note, this agent is for reporting of copyright infringement and is not the correct person to answer requests for copyright permission.
Holyoke Center, Suite 880
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires that all infringement claims must be in writing and must include the following information:
- A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf;
- A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
- A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit Harvard to locate the material;
- Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and email;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.