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INFORMATION LAW

CAR/DIO maintains its own bureau of vital statistics, a state- of-the-art database that preserves preferences proffered by current customers and potential purchasers. In capillary fashion, every unit of the company taps into this artery of information and draws dramatic dividends. But ponder this puzzle: who owns the database? The U.S. Supreme Court has held that data generally cannot be copyrighted, but information law doctrines help protect a company’s database investments. Anyone attempting to pass on the wrong side of CAR/DIO’s information superhighway should check their rear-view mirror for flashing lights.

UH LAW CENTER’S LEGAL INFORMATION RESOURCES

LAW SCHOOLS ARE BUILT AROUND THEIR LIBRARIES. The O’Quinn Law Library gives UH Law Center students and faculty one of the region’s leading legal research facilities.

The law library houses the largest law collection in the metropolitan area. As a U.S. Government Depository, the library receives and makes available all federal government publications in selected subject areas. Special collections for IPIL, higher education law, and health law, along with the Frankel Rare Books Library, round out the UH Law Center’s hard-copy collections.

The law library also has emerged as a model for receiving, processing, and delivering materials available only in digital form. The integrated library system

provides links to print resources and online data. A wireless network provides easy access to the UH Law Center’s network and online subscriptions.

Information technology has become a fast-growing part of both the practice of law and the UH Law Center. The Legal Information Technology department (LIT) supports wireless access to UH Law Center networks and to the Internet in classrooms, study areas, the Commons, the library, and

other locations.

Email, discussion groups, word processing, Internet browsers, and other applications all are supported by the UH Law Center’s LIT staff. Our students consistently rank among the heaviest users of online information of all U.S. law schools. A help desk staffed by LIT personnel attends to all computer- related needs.

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