Friday, 27 June 2008

Thing #24 ZAMZAR solves file conversions

I converted a 413 KB PDF article to html and Zamzar the interface made this a very easy and simple process and Zamzar is a very usful tool. The only complaint is that it took much (much, much) longer for Zamzar to upload the file than it did to download the article from the Library Conference web site so it does not look as though the delay was a problem with the local internet connection. While waiting for Zamzar to do its thing I was able to look around their Privacy Policy and their Terms of Agreement. This made from some interesting reading especially the section General Prohibitions, Disclaimer of Warranties, Indemnity, and Limitation of Liability. Of course no one reads these things when they click to convert their file, and not surprisingly the terms and conditions protect Zamzar.

It will be fascinating to see what happens in a court case over copyright. For example, someone converts something on Zamzar (made a copy) of something protected by copyright. Zamzars terms state clearly that “Zamzar respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects our users to do the same. Unauthorized copying, modification, distribution, public display, or public performance of a copyrighted work is an infringement of the copyright holder's rights, and expressly prohibited under Zamzar's services.”

Learning 2.1: Zamzar

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