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12-29-23

An interesting new development that will have repercussions probably in many upcoming discussions and or lawsuits. From an article in the Times Dec 27: “The New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement on Wednesday, opening a new front in the increasingly intense legal battle over the unauthorized use of published work to train artificial intelligence technologies. The Times is the first major American media organization to sue the companies, the creators of ChatGPT and other popular A.I. platforms, over copyright issues associated with its written works. The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, contends that millions of articles published by The Times were used to train automated chatbots that now compete with the news outlet as a source of reliable information. The suit does not include an exact monetary demand. But it says the defendants should be held responsible for “billions of dollars in statutory and actual damages” related to the “unlawful copying and use of The Times’s uniquely valuable works.” It also calls for the companies to destroy any chatbot models and training data that use copyrighted material from The Times.”

How many of you remember the song Jack Montgomery wrote many years ago about the Charleston Conference?!  Jack is so talented! We are trying to find and reintroduce it again! Matt Branton is hard at work wearing his Santa hat! Jack’s Christmas card introduces a new tune sung to “O Holy Night”. The Christmas spirit is still alive for a few more weeks. Guess y’all have learned that Jack and his lovely wife Lesley have moved to New Orleans where Lesley has been hired as a cataloger at Tulane!

Who says books aren’t popular anymore? Did y’all notice that W H Smith, the global retailer, has launched a new buy-back service for second-hand books.

W H Smith

This article was in The Bookseller. W H Smith is launching a new books service with buy-back company Zeercle, offering customers the opportunity to swap their second-hand books for money off their next purchase with a W H Smith e-gift card. According to the retailer, the majority of the old books will find new homes through Zeercle’s resale channels, which offer second-hand books at reduced prices. Books that are not in a condition to be sold will be “recycled responsibly” through the new Bookcycle scheme. Customers will need to register online and scan their second-hand books through the website, which uses Zeercle’s technology to determine a value for the book based on criteria such as its condition, the popularity of the title and its demand in the market. The books can then be dropped off in any participating W H Smith High Street store in exchange for an e-gift card for the value of the trade-in, which can be used in any W H Smith store or on the retailer’s website. W H Smith group commercial development director Ian Sanders commented: “This is a very exciting new scheme for W H Smith, and it makes great sense for our customers and our business to support a circular economy for books, as we aim to minimise our impact on the environment and support our local communities.” The buy-back scheme really does offer a compelling reason for customers to recycle their second-hand books, and being able to exchange these for W H Smith eGift cards gives them another great reason to shop with us.”

Happy New Year, Everybody! With love, Katina

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