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AShop Web Hosting - Acceptable Use Policies

top Background

From time to time AShop Web Hosting may impose reasonable rules and regulations regarding the use of its services.  Such rules and regulations are called Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) and are posted on the Internet at http://www.ashopwebhosting.com/acceptable_use.htm. The AUPs are not exhaustive and AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to modify the AUPs at any time, effective upon either the posting of the modified AUPs to www.ashopwebhosting.com/terms or notification of the modified AUPs. By registering for and using the services, and thereby accepting the terms and conditions of our AUPs, you agree to abide by the AUPs as modified from time to time. Any violation of the AUPs may result in the suspension or termination of your account or such other action as AShop Web Hosting deems appropriate. An unlisted activity may also be a violation of the AUPs if it is illegal, irresponsible, or disruptive use of the Internet. No credits will be issued for any interruption in service resulting from policy violations.

VIOLATION OF ANY AUP IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND MAY RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVE FROM ASHOP WEB HOSTING. YOU SHALL REMAIN SOLELY LIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND ANY AND ALL CONTENT THAT YOU DISPLAY, UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD OR TRANSMIT THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES. "CONTENT" INCLUDES, WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR E-MAIL, WEB PAGES, PERSONAL HOME PAGES, AND DOMAIN NAMES. IT IS ASHOP WEB HOSTING'S POLICY TO TERMINATE REPEAT INFRINGERS. ASHOP WEB HOSTING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE AT ANY TIME.

top Customer Security Responsibilities

The customer is solely responsible for any breaches of security affecting domains under customer control. If a customer's domain security is breached or involved in an attack, which threatens the integrity of the server it may be shut down and an investigation may be launched to determine the cause/source of the attack. In such event, the customer is responsible for restoration of the domain content.

top System And Network Security
Violations of system or network security are prohibited and may result in criminal and civil liability. AShop Web Hosting may investigate incidents involving such violations and may involve and will cooperate with law enforcement if a criminal violation is suspected. Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation, the following:
  • Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without express authorization of the owner of the system or network.

  • Unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on any network or system without express authorization of the owner of the system or network.

  • Interference with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, mailbombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks.

  • Forging of any TCP-IP packet header or any part of the header information in an e-mail or a newsgroup posting.

Violators of the policy are responsible, without limitations, for the cost of labor to clean up and correct any damage done to the operation of the network and business operations supported by the network, and to respond to complaints incurred by AShop Web Hosting. Such labor is categorized as emergency security breach recovery and is charged at $50 USD per hour if required. AShop Web Hosting is concerned with the privacy of online communications and web sites. In general, the Internet is neither more nor less secure than other means of communication, including mail, facsimile, and voice telephone service, all of which can be intercepted and otherwise compromised. As a matter of prudence, AShop Web Hosting urges its customers to assume that all of their online communications are insecure. AShop Web Hosting cannot take responsibility for the security of information transmitted over AShop Web Hosting's facilities.

top Password Protection

The customer is responsible for protecting customer's password and for any authorized or unauthorized use made of customer's password. The customer will not use or permit anyone to use AShop Web Hosting's service to guess passwords or to access other systems or networks without authorization. AShop Web Hosting will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the detection and prosecution of illegal activity.

top Internet Etiquette

The customer is expected to be familiar with and to practice good Internet etiquette (Netiquette). The customer will comply with the rules appropriate to any network to which AShop Web Hosting may provide access. The customer should not post, transmit, or permit Internet access to information the customer desires to keep confidential. The customer is not permitted to post any material that is illegal, libelous, tortuous, indecently depicts children or is likely to result in retaliation against AShop Web Hosting by offended users. AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to refuse or terminate service at any time for violation of this section.  This includes advertising services or sites via IRC or USENET in clear violation of the policies of the IRC channel or USENET group.

top Copyright Infringement - Software Piracy Policy

The AShop Web Hosting network may only be used for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution, or storage of any information, data or material in violation of United States or state regulation or law, or by the common law, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights.

Making unauthorized copies of software is a violation of the law, no matter how many copies you are making. If you copy, distribute or install the software in ways that the license does not allow, you are violating federal copyright law. If caught with pirated software, you or your company may be liable under both civil and criminal law, and you may be fined up to $250,000 and/or receive up to 5 years in jail.

In compliance with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (the "DMCA"), please send DMCA notifications of claimed copyright infringements through our contact page.

AShop Web Hosting will cooperate fully with any civil and/or criminal litigation arising from the violation of this policy.

top Network Responsibility

Customers have a responsibility to use the AShop Web Hosting network responsibly. This includes respecting the other customers of AShop Web Hosting. AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to suspend and or cancel service with any Customer who uses the AShop Web Hosting network in such a way that adversely affects other AShop Web Hosting customers. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Attacking or attempting to gain unauthorized access to servers and services that belong to AShop Web Hosting or its customers (i.e. computer hacking), and/or

  • Participating in behavior which result in reprisals that adversely affect the AShop Web Hosting network or other customers' access to the AShop Web Hosting network.

AShop Web Hosting will react strongly to any use or attempted use of an Internet account or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include, but are not limited to, "Internet Scanning" (tricking other people into releasing their passwords), password robbery, security hole scanning, port scanning, etc. Any unauthorized use of accounts or computers by a AShop Web Hosting customer, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to AShop Web Hosting, will result in severe action taken against the attacker. Possible actions include warnings, account suspension or cancellation, and civil or criminal legal action, depending on the seriousness of the attack. Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server, or customer, of AShop Web Hosting is strictly prohibited.

Violations of this policy may be reported directly to the FBI's Infrastructure Protection & Computer Intrusion Squad at . AShop Web Hosting will cooperate fully with any civil and/or criminal litigation arising from the violation of this policy.

top Lawful Purpose


All services may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any applicable law, regulation, or AUP is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material or material protected by trade secret and other statute or dissemination of harmful or fradulent content.

Using any AShop Web Hosting service or product for the purpose of participating in any activity dealing with subject matters that are prohibited under applicable law is prohibited.

Any conduct that constitutes harassment, fraud, stalking, abuse, or a violation of federal export restriction in connection with use of AShop Web Hosting services or products is prohibited. Using the AShop Web Hosting network to solicit the performance of any illegal activity is also prohibited, even if the activity itself is not performed. In addition, knowingly receiving or downloading a file that cannot be legally distributed, even without the act of distribution, is prohibited.

Domains hosted within AShop Web Hosting network are open to the public. You are solely responsible for your usage of the AShop Web Hosting network and servers and any statement you make on servers hosted within the AShop Web Hosting network may be deemed "publication" of the information entered. Acknowledging the foregoing, you specifically agree not to use our service in any manner that is illegal or libelous.

top Pornography on the Internet


AShop Web Hosting does not provide hosting service for sites that are engaged in the business of selling pornography.

AShop Web Hosting will cooperate fully with any criminal investigation into a Customer's violation of the Child Protection Act of 1984 concerning child pornography. Customers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their clients over the AShop Web Hosting network, and will be liable for illegal material posted by their clients.

According to the Child Protection Act, child pornography includes photographs, films, video or any other type of visual presentation that shows a person who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is engaged in or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or the dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under the age of eighteen years or any written material or visual representation that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years.

Violations of the Child Protection Act may be reported to the U.S. Customs Agency at 1-800-BEALERT

top Unsolicited Commercial Email/Unsolicited Bulk Email (UCE/UBE)

Unsolicited commercial email (UCE), commonly called SPAM, is defined by AShop Web Hosting as any electronic communication (e-mail, ICQ, IRC, Instant Messenger, etc…) sent for purposes of distributing commercial information of any kind, soliciting the purchase or sale of products or services or soliciting any transfer of funds to a recipient who has not agreed to receive such communication.

Unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE) is defined by AShop Web Hosting as any electronic communication (e-mail, ICQ, IRC, Instant Messenger, etc…) to multiple recipients who have not agreed to receive such communication.

Use of the AShop Web Hosting network, servers or services to transmit any unsolicited commercial or unsolicited bulk-e-mail is expressly prohibited, as is hosting web sites or services on a server which are advertised in any UCE/UBE. AShop Web Hosting also prohibits the sending of any fraudulent, malicious, harassing, false or misleading electronic communications, including, without limitation, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or e-mails with forged headers. Posting off-topic advertisements to Usenet discussion groups, ICQ, Instant Messenger, etc., is also expressly prohibited. Additionally, AShop Web Hosting customers are expressly prohibited from sending any UCE/UBE from our network or any email from another network that in any way references a document, image, or Web site that resides on the AShop Web Hosting network or in one of our data centers. Violations of this type may result in the termination of the offending AShop Web Hosting account. Our customers are ultimately responsible for any violations of the AUP by their clients, and any violation of the AUP by a client of a AShop Web Hosting customer shall be deemed a violation of the AUP by such AShop Web Hosting customer.

Customers whose actions directly or indirectly result in AShop Web Hosting IP space being listed in any of the various abuse databases may be subject to having the offending domain(s), server(s), or user(s) immediately removed from our network. In addition, if AShop Web Hosting in its sole discretion determines that a customer is in violation of our AUP, AShop Web Hosting may, at its sole discretion, restrict, suspend or terminate a customer's account. AShop Web Hosting will, in most cases, attempt to contact a customer prior to suspension or termination of a server(s), but can not guarantee prior notification. Any domain suspended or terminated for AUP violations will be reconnected only after the customer agrees to cease all activities that violate the AShop Web Hosting AUP and pays all applicable reconnect fees and related charges. Any server suspended a second time for AUP violations WILL be immediately and permanently removed from our network.

Customers that AShop Web Hosting determines in its sole discretion to be in violation of the AShop Web Hosting AUP may be subject to additional fees or fines including, without limitation, any applicable reconnect fees.

Violation of AShop Web Hosting's UCE/UBE policy may be reported to [email protected] .

Customers seeking to send any permission-based email marketing should read Guidelines for Permission-Based Email to see our guidelines for sending this type of communication.

top Guidelines for Permission-Based Email


While AShop Web Hosting prohibits the use of its systems or network to send unsolicited email (UCE/UBE) as described above, customers may send permission-based email marketing, subject to the guidelines provided herein. Permission-based marketing is defined as electronic marketing that an end user agrees to receive. This is often referred to as 'opt-in' electronic marketing. All recipient information for such marketing conducted by AShop Web Hosting customers must be documented and cataloged by the customer. This information is to include date, time, originating IP and the location from which the email address or other recipient information was obtained. Additionally, a customer must at a minimum comply with the following guidelines, and any additional guidelines established by AShop Web Hosting from time to time in its sole discretion, to engage in permission-based email marketing without violating the AUP:

1. All commercial or bulk email originating from a AShop Web Hosting customer on the AShop Web Hosting network must have a working unsubscribe link. The customer must honor all requests to unsubscribe within 72 hours. Additionally, there must be text in the email stating that while all requests to unsubscribe are honored, it may take up to 72 hours to process.

2. All commercial or bulk email originating from a AShop Web Hosting customer on the AShop Web Hosting network must clearly list the email address to which the email was originally sent (the intended recipient's email address) in the body of the message OR in the 'TO:' line of the email.

3. All AShop Web Hosting customers sending commercial or bulk email must have a working [email protected] address from EVERY domain associated with the email campaign. Additionally, the [email protected] address must be prominently posted on the front page of the associated web site. Customers must regularly answer any messages sent to the [email protected] address.

4. All AShop Web Hosting customers sending commercial or bulk email must register the [email protected] address for every domain associated with commercial email they send at abuse.net.

5. All AShop Web Hosting customers sending commercial or bulk email must have a Privacy Policy/AUP posted for each domain associated with the email campaign.

6. All commercial or bulk email sent must include information about where the email address was obtained in the body of the email. For example:
"You opted-in to receive this email promotion from our web site or from one of our partner sites."

7. All AShop Web Hosting customers sending commercial or bulk email must answer all complainants' requests for details regarding where the complainant "opted-in" to receive electronic marketing within 72 hours. This information must include the date, time, originating IP and the location from which the email address or other recipient information was obtained. Instructions on how to get this information must be stated clearly in the body of the email. For example, a statement similar to the following must be present in the body of the email:
"If you would like to learn more about how we received your email address, please contact us at [email protected]"

Requests for "opt-in" information must be responded to within 72 hours.

8. All AShop Web Hosting customers sending commercial or bulk email must be able to track and identify anonymous complainants. There are several software packages (such as RoboMail) that can help accomplish this.

9. If a AShop Web Hosting customer is using an affiliate program to send commercial or bulk email through the AShop Web Hosting network and the affiliate program becomes subject to repeated abuse by users, the customer must discontinue use of the affiliate program or be subject to immediate suspension or cancellation.

10. All customers of AShop Web Hosting are required to have up-to-date and valid contact information on file with their registrar for any domain hosted on the AShop Web Hosting network.

Disclaimer

· AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to test portions of any customer's email list in response to complaints and request opt-in information from a random sample of that list at any time.
· AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion the validity of any customer's email list. Any list AShop Web Hosting determines in its sole discretion to be in violation of this AUP must be removed immediately or the customer will be subject to immediate suspension or termination. Repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.
· AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to test and otherwise monitor customer's compliance with the above guidelines and requirements at any time during the customer's term of service at AShop Web Hosting.
· If AShop Web Hosting determines in its sole discretion that the customer is not in strict compliance with the guidelines for permission-based e-mail marketing, then AShop Web Hosting may immediately suspend or terminate the customer's service.

top IP Address Overlap


AShop Web Hosting administers the server on which customer domains reside. Customers cannot use IP addresses which were not assigned to them by AShop Web Hosting staff.

top IRC (Internet Relay Chat)


AShop Web Hosting allows the use of IRC inside the AShop Web Hosting network as long as the use of IRC on a AShop Web Hosting server does not violate any of the other terms of this AUP. As a policy, AShop Web Hosting will not provide vanity IRC reverse DNS records. To enforce this policy AShop Web Hosting does not turn the reverse address of IPs over to the customer.  Authority over this information remains with AShop Web Hosting.

top Billing


The customer understands that the customer is responsible for paying for any network resources that are used to connect the customer's server to the Internet. The customer may request that the customer's server be disconnected from the Internet, but the customer will still be responsible for paying for any network resources used up to the point of suspension or cancellation.

top Suspension


If AShop Web Hosting in its sole discretion determines that a customer's domain has become the source or target of any violation concerning the AShop Web Hosting Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to suspend network access to that domain. While AShop Web Hosting will attempt to contact the customer before suspending network access to the customer's domain(s), prior notification to the customer is not assured. In certain cases, AShop Web Hosting will contact law enforcement and other agencies regarding these activities. Customers are responsible for all charges, as well as any fees relating to the investigation, suspension, administration and handling of their servers before, during and after the suspension period.

top Cancellation


AShop Web Hosting reserves the right to cancel service at any time. If inappropriate activity is detected, all accounts of the customer in question will be deactivated until an investigation is complete. Prior notification to the Customer is not assured. In extreme cases, law enforcement will be contacted regarding the activity.  All fees paid in advance of cancellation will be prorated and paid by AShop Web Hosting if AShop Web Hosting institutes its right of cancellation. Any violation of policies which results in extra costs will be billed to the customer (i.e. transfer, space etc.).

top Indemnification


AShop Web Hosting wishes to emphasize that in accepting the Hosting Services Agreement or its equivalent, customer indemnifies AShop Web Hosting for any violation of the Hosting Services Agreement or its equivalent, law or AUP that results in loss to AShop Web Hosting or the bringing of any claim against AShop Web Hosting by any third-party. This means that if AShop Web Hosting is sued because of a customer's or a customer of a customer's activity, the customer will pay any damages awarded against AShop Web Hosting, plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

top Disclaimer of Responsibility


AShop Web Hosting is under no duty to look at each customer's or user's activities to determine if a violation of the AUPs has occurred, nor do we assume any responsibility through our AUPs to monitor or police Internet-related activities. AShop Web Hosting disclaims any responsibility for any such inappropriate use and any liability to any person or party for any other person's or party's violation of this policy.

All domains and servers that are managed by AShop Web Hosting must adhere to the above policies. Failure to follow any term or condition will be grounds for immediate cancellation.

INDIRECT OR ATTEMPTED VIOLATIONS OF THE AUPs AND ACTUAL OR ATTEMPTED VIOLATIONS BY A THIRD PARTY ON YOUR BEHALF, SHALL BE CONSIDERED VIOLATIONS OF THESE AUPs BY YOU.


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