Provider's Acceptable Use Policy is intended to help enhance the use of the Internet by preventing unacceptable use. All users of Provider's Internet services (the "Services") - those who access some of our Services but do not have accounts ("Visitors") as well as those who pay a monthly service fee to subscribe to the Services ("Clients") - must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy. We support the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet and do not actively monitor use of the Services under normal circumstances. Similarly, we do not exercise editorial control over the content of any Web site, electronic mail transmission, news group, or other material created or accessible over or through the Services, except for certain proprietary websites. However, in accordance with our Terms of Service Agreement, we may remove any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject us to liability, or which may violate this Acceptable Use Policy. Provider may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong. Your violation of this Acceptable Use Policy may result in the suspension or termination of either your access to the Services and/or your Provider account or other actions as detailed in Section 3. This Acceptable Use Policy should be read in conjunction with, and is part and parcel of, our Terms of Service Agreement and other policies. By using our web hosting services, you agree to comply with our Acceptable Use Policy.
The following constitute violations of this Acceptable Use Policy:
- Illegal use. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that, intentionally or unintentionally, violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder.
- Harm to minors. Using the Services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way.
- Threats. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.
- Harassment. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another.
- Fraudulent activity. Using the Services to making fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services or to advance any type of financial scam such as "pyramid schemes," "ponzi schemes," and "chain letters."
- Forgery or impersonation. Adding, removing or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately misleading headers ("munging" headers) in news postings in order to avoid spam e-mail address collectors is allowed.
- Unsolicited commercial email/ Unsolicited bulk email. Using the Services to transmit any unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email. Activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email whether or not that email is commercial in nature, are prohibited.
Bulk e-mail sent through a mail service external to our system can not contain an e-mail address or a domain name that is hosted by Provider. This generally results in complaints being forwarded to our administrative staff and will be cause for immediate account termination or suspension without prior notification.
- Unauthorized access. Using the Services to access, or to attempt to access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security measures of Provider's or another entity's computer software or hardware, electronic communications system, or telecommunications system, whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption or loss of data.
- Distributing viruses to or from Provider systems.
- Adult Content. Due to special system and network requirements of adult oriented sites, pornography and sex-related merchandising are prohibited. This includes sites that may infer sexual content, or links to adult content elsewhere.
- Copyright or trademark infringement. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material, the digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software. Provider is registered under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998.
- Collection of personal data. Using the Services to collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties without their knowledge or consent.
- Reselling the services. Reselling the Services without Provider's authorization.
- CGI Scripts. CGI script sharing with domains not hosted by Provider is prohibited. Any cgi-scripts deemed to be adversely affecting the server performance or the network integrity will be shut down without prior notice and the owner will be contacted to alleviate the situation.
- Chat Rooms. Provider does not allow clients to install their own chat rooms. Chat rooms tend to be large system hogs and we cannot permit it as an account option.
- Software and Multimedia Distribution. These types of files consume huge amounts of disk space and bandwidth. If you wish to distribute software and/or multimedia files (graphics, audio, and video), please contact us for a special arrangement.
- Network disruptions and unfriendly activity. Using the Services for any activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use Provider Services or the Internet. This includes "denial of service" (DoS) attacks against another network host or individual user. Interference with or disruption of other network users, network services or network equipment is prohibited. It is the Client's responsibility to ensure that their network is configured in a secure manner. A Client may not, through action or inaction, allow others to use their network for illegal or inappropriate actions. A Client may not permit their network, through action or inaction, to be configured in such a way that gives a third party the capability to use their network in an illegal or inappropriate manner.
Provider requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of this Acceptable Use Policy direct the information to our System Abuse Department by contacting us.
If available, please provide the following information:
- The IP address used to commit the alleged violation
- The date and time of the alleged violation, including the time zone or offset from GMT
- Evidence of the alleged violation
- E-mail with full header information provides all of the above, as do syslog files. Other situations will require different methods of providing the above information.
Provider may take any one or more of the following actions in response to complaints:
- Issue warnings: written or verbal
- Suspend the Client's newsgroup posting privileges
- Suspend the Client's account
- Terminate the Client's account
- Bill the Client for administrative costs and/or reactivation charges
- Bring legal action to enjoin violations and/or to collect damages, if any, caused by violations.