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Vodcasts and Podcasts created by and/or affiliated with HLS student organizations or journals must ensure that the following guidelines are met. This policy in place to ensure that the podcasts and vodcasts produced by HLS students comply with the expectations set forth by the Harvard Law School community as a whole.

The Office of Community Engagement, Equity and Belonging does not monitor podcast content. However should it become aware of any issues, it reserves the right to remove file(s) that violate any university policies and procedures.

Use of Harvard Name

In accordance with Harvard University Trademark Policy, each HLS student organization or journals podcast must make clear that the podcast is “a production of [insert name], an officially recognized Harvard Law School student organization/journal.”

HLS Disclaimer

Each HLS student organization or journals podcast or vodcast must include an audible disclaimer in each episode that acknowledges that “the views and opinions expressed in the podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Harvard Law School or Harvard University.”

Quality Control

Just as HLS maintains a high standard for academic achievement, all HLS podcasts and vodcasts should be recorded and edited with the aim of capturing and producing the best quality audio file. Export your video and/or audio files in the appropriate file type for your hosting platform.

While creating your podcasts, please ensure that all necessary rights and permissions have been obtained for the material you plan to include in your podcast. For example, if you incorporate text from a course textbook, blog, journal, magazine, newspaper, you will need permission from the author to include the material in your podcast. However, if you are using work that is in the public domain, you need not obtain permission of the original author or copyright owner.

Any pre-recorded audio such as sound-effects or music must also be used with explicit written permission from the original creator, or available in the public domain.

Images and video clips for vodcasts must also meet copyright requirements of the original creator. In instances where public domain or Creative Commons licensed materials are used, please credit the creator as required by the material.


There are several hosting options for your podcast including SoundCloud and Apple iTunes. When uploading your episodes to these platforms it is important to read their license agreements and make sure you agree to their terms. Please also tag your episodes with the Harvard name as well as your organization or journal so that they are easily found by your audience.


Podcasts and vodcasts must meet the Harvard Digital Accessibility Guidelines.