Terms & Policies - General Acceptable
- VIOLATIONS OF US NET'S ACCEPTABLE USE
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AS IT SETS FORTH THE GUIDELINES AND
RULES FOR ACCEPABLE USE OF US NET SERVICES AND SETS FORTH CONDUCT
THAT IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY
THIS DOCUMENT YOU MUST END YOUR USE OF US NET SERVICES IMMEDIATELY.
US Net and/or Online Gateway (hereinafter "US Net")
has established this Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") to
enhance the use of the Internet by preventing unacceptable use.
All users of US Net's Internet services (the "Services")
- those who access some of our Services but do not have accounts
as well as those who pay a monthly service fee to subscribe to the
Services (collectively "Customers") - are bound by and
must comply with this AUP. In addition, certain Services (as
indicated on this website) have a service specific Acceptable Use
Policy which applies to such Service in addition to this AUP.
US Net supports unrestricted transfer of information and
ideas over the Internet and does not actively monitor use of the
Services under normal circumstances. Similarly, we generally do
not exercise editorial control over the content of any Web site,
electronic mail transmission, newsgroup, or other material created
or accessible over or through the Services. However, in accordance
with our Internet Services Terms and Conditions, we may remove any
materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may arguably
subject us to liability, or which may violate this AUP or any additional
service specific AUP. US Net will cooperate with law enforcement
authorities in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime. US Net will also respond to any subpoena, court order or
other legal process. Your violation of this AUP may result in the
suspension or termination of either your access to the Services
and/or your US Net account or other actions as detailed in
Section III. Such action may be taken with or without notice depending
on the severity of the violation and at US Net's sole discretion. This AUP should be read in conjunction with our Internet Service
Terms and Conditions, service specific AUPs and any other policies. US Net reserves the right to amend, revise or modify this
AUP (or any service specific AUP) at any time and such amendment,
revision or modification shall be effective upon the inclusion of
such in text of this AUP (or service specific AUP) and use of the
As an account holder or user of US Net Services you bear
full responsibility for communications and/or content provided via
your US Net account and use of the particular Service.
US Net does not assume the responsibility to and does not
actively monitor communications provided by users or from outside
sources. Unless and until notified, US Net is not likely
to be aware of any violations of this AUP or legal violations. US
Net expects all users to notify us of any legal violations,
violations of this policy or other matters of concern.
2. VIOLATIONS OF US NET'S ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The following constitute violations of this AUP and you agree to
refrain from such activities:
A. Illegal or Potentially Illegal Use. Using the Services
to transmit or make available any material (by e-mail, uploading,
posting, or otherwise) or activity that, intentionally or unintentionally,
violates any applicable local, state, national, or international
law, or any rules or regulations promulgated there under or gives
the indication that such violation may be occurring. By way of example,
and not limitation, such activity would include the receipt or distribution
of material potentially deemed obscene under current statutes or
the offering of escort/exotic modeling services and related activities.
B. Harm to minors. Using the Services to harm, or attempt
to harm, endanger, harass, or otherwise threaten minors in any way. This includes but is not limited to the collection of information
from children in violation of the 1998 Children's Online Privacy
C. Threats. Using the Services to transmit any material
(by e-mail, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or
encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.
D. Harassment. Using the Services to transmit any material
(by e-mail, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another
either by the frequency of the activity or by the content.
E. Fraudulent activity. Using the Services to make fraudulent
offers to sell or buy products, items, or services, or to advance
any type of financial scam such as "pyramid schemes" and
"chain letters." E-mail that consists of make-money-fast
schemes, pyramid or chain letters, unsolicited commercial information
and/or information offensive to the recipient is prohibited.
F. 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 re-mailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately misleading headers in news postings in order
to avoid spam e-mail address collectors is allowed.
G. Unsolicited commercial e-mail/ Unsolicited bulk e-mail.
Using the Services to transmit any unsolicited commercial
e-mail or unsolicited bulk e-mail (e.g. spamming) is prohibited.
Activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited
commercial e-mail or unsolicited bulk e-mail whether or not that
e-mail is commercial in nature, are prohibited.
H. 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 US Net'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. Security violations include
but are not limited to: 1) attempts to compromise or gain unauthorized
access to any other Internet account or unauthorized system 2) altering
the header of e-mail messages that conceal your e-mail address or
prevents recipients from responding 3) interfering with any user,
system or network, including any denial of service attack 4) any
use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security
including cracking tools, network probing tools, programs for guessing
passwords or credit card numbers and any application that allows
the remote control of another system without the knowledge of that
I. Copyright or trademark infringement. Using the
Services to transmit any material (by e-mail, 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. US Net is registered under
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and will take all necessary
action to assure compliance with such Act.
J. Collection of personal data. Using the Services to collect,
or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties
without their knowledge or consent.
K. Reselling the services. Reselling the Services without
US Net's written authorization.
L. Network disruptions and unfriendly activity. Using the
Services for any activity that adversely affects the ability of
other people or systems to use US Net's 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, websites or network equipment
is prohibited. It is the Customer's responsibility to ensure that
their network is configured in a secure manner. A Customer may not,
through action or inaction, allow others to use their network or
access for illegal or inappropriate actions. A Customer 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.
M. News. US Net Customers should use their best judgment
when posting to any newsgroup or chat room. Many groups have charters,
published guidelines, FAQs, or "community standards" describing
what is and is not considered appropriate. Usenet can be a valuable
resource if used properly. The continued posting of off-topic articles
is prohibited. Commercial advertisements are off-topic in most newsgroups,
especially regional groups not specifically named for such. The
presence of such articles in a group is not indicative of the group's
"intended" use. Please familiarize yourself with basic
USENET netiquette before posting to a newsgroup.
US Net considers "multiposting" to 10 or more
groups within any ten day period to be excessive.
US Net Customers may not cancel messages other than their
own messages. A Customer may cancel posts forged in that Customer's
name. US Net may cancel any postings that violate this AUP.
N. Long Connections and Multiple Logins. Using a personal
account for high volume or commercial use is prohibited. The
Services are intended for periodic, active use of e-mail, newsgroups,
file transfers, Internet chat, games, and browsing the World Wide
Web. Customers must be actively using that connection for
the above purposes. Customers may not use the Services on
a standby or inactive basis in order to maintain a connection. Pinging
is expressly prohibited. Accordingly, US Net maintains
the right to terminate any Customer's connection following any extended
period of inactivity as determined by US Net in its sole
O. Web Pages, Data Storage, Transfer and Traffic. US Net
service plans include a set amount of storage area and data transfer.
Exceeding the data storage area or transfer included in your service
plan is prohibited and you agree that US Net may, as it sees
fit and without notice or liability, remove files that exceed your
plan's included limit or restrict additional data transfer beyond
the included limit. In any case, US Net may bill you for
additional storage area or data transfer you receive at the rates
posted on the US NET website or at rates otherwise contractually
agreed to. Customers who wish to receive additional data storage
or data transfer beyond the amounts included in their service plan
may sign-up for such additional services at the rates posted on
the US NET website or at rates otherwise contractually agreed
to. Web pages must not violate applicable law. If access to your
files or web pages by others results in excessive traffic or system
loads, US Net may remove or block access to files or web
pages as it deems fit.
US Net reserves the right to suspend, block or cancel access
to any and all Services when, in our judgment and sole discretion,
an account may have violated this AUP. US Net, by way of
example and not limitation, may take any one or more of the following
actions in response to complaints of conduct that amounts to a violation
of this AUP:
- Issue written or verbal warnings.
- Suspend the Customer's newsgroup posting privileges.
- Suspend the Customer's account.
- Terminate the Customer's account.
- Bill the Customer for administrative costs and/or reactivation
- Bring legal action to enjoin violations and/or to collect damages,
if any, caused by violation.
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