Acceptable Use Policy

By submitting an online order form, or by using SocketHost’s service, Customer hereby agrees to the following Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Customer agrees that it shall comply with and require its end users to comply with this AUP, SocketHost’s Terms of Service (TOS), SocketHost’s No-Spam Policy (NSP), and SocketHost’s Privacy Policy. In this document, the word “Agreement,” with a capital “A,” refers to the TOS, the AUP, the NSP, and the Privacy Policy collectively.

1. Introduction, Purpose, and General Terms

1.1. This Web site gives you the ability to learn about SocketHost and its products and services as well as the ability to access our network and services (“SocketHost Services”). By using this site, and any other sites or services owned, operated, or provided by SocketHost, you signify your agreement to the terms, conditions and notices of this policy. “You” when used in the Agreement shall mean the SocketHost Customer of record and that SocketHost Customer’s end users.

1.2. This Acceptable Use Policy is used in conjunction with the terms of service (TOS), the No-Spam Policy (NSP), and the Privacy Policy. Violating any of these policies and agreements grants SocketHost the authority to take action to restrict or terminate your access to SocketHost Services. SocketHost reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to update or revise this policy, any other policy or statement on any SocketHost Web site, and any product offerings or programs described on any SocketHost Web site. Please check back periodically to review any changes to this policy.

1.3. This document sets forth the principles, guidelines and requirements of the Acceptable Use Policy of SocketHost governing the use by the Customer of the it’s services and products. The purpose of SocketHost’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to comply with all international, federal, state, and local laws and to protect the network security, network availability, physical security, Customer privacy, and other factors affecting the services provided by SocketHost. SocketHost reserves the right to impose reasonable rules and regulations regarding the use of its services provided to all Customers and such rules and regulations are subject to change. Such rules and regulations are located on the Internet at

Terms of Service (TOS)
http://www.sockethost.net/TOS.html
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
http://www.sockethost.net/AUP.html
Privacy Policy
http://www.sockethost.net/privacy.html

1.4. In order to maintain an informative and valuable service that meets the needs of the users of this site and SocketHost Services, the rules in this AUP have been established to protect against abuse. The AUP is not an all-inclusive, exhaustive list and SocketHost reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify the AUP at any time as needed, effective upon either the posting of the revised, amended, or modified AUP to

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
http://www.sockethost.net/AUP.html

or notification to the Customer via e-mail to the e-mail address of Customer as set forth in the Service Descriptions.

1.5. Any violation of the AUP may result in the suspension or termination of your account or such other action, as SocketHost deems appropriate. No credits will be issued for any interruption in service resulting from violations of the AUP.

1.6. VIOLATION OF ANY SECTION OF THE AUP IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND MAY RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVE FROM SOCKETHOST.

1.7. Any questions or comments regarding the AUP should be directed to SocketHost by e-mail to the following e-mail address

, for issues concerning the AUP.

2. General Prohibitions

You may not use this site or SocketHost’s Services for any purpose that is unlawful or in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the operation of this site, SocketHost's network, or SocketHost’s services, or any other party’s use or enjoyment of this site, SocketHost's network, or SocketHost’s services.

2.1.Adult-oriented sites demand special system, network, and bandwidth requirements. SocketHost does not accommodate those extraordinarily large requirements in its hosting plans nor does SocketHost approve of adult content in general. Therefore you may not use SocketHost’s services for adult-oriented and pornography sites. This includes sites that may include sexual content, or links to adult content elsewhere.

2.2.Adult Content Prohibited.

2.2.1.Adult-oriented sites demand special system, network, and bandwidth requirements. SocketHost does not accommodate those extraordinarily large requirements in its hosting plans nor does SocketHost approve of adult content in general. Therefore you may not use SocketHost’s services for adult-oriented and pornography sites. This includes sites that may include sexual content, or links to adult content elsewhere.

2.2.2.SocketHost prohibits you from posting any static Web page that contain any information in regards to adult content including:

  • the page displaying any sexually explicit content and links to any Web page displaying sexually explicit content, the Web Page places any contact information (including telephone, facsimile, or postal mail), or site displaying any sexually explicit content; and
  • the page requires a user to log in with a username or password to access any of the Web site’s content.

2.2.3.Even the notice and advertisement of adult-oriented services is considered prohibited on all SocketHost services. SocketHost holds a very strict and zero-tolerance policy in regards to adult content of any type on our network. It is your sole responsibility to learn the laws that govern what you are and are not allowed to post on your Web site. As part of your agreement with SocketHost, you must comply with all such applicable laws.

2.2.4.You may not use SocketHost’s service to publish any content that any applicable law deems “harmful,” “inappropriate,” or “unsuitable” for minors (persons under 18 years of age). SocketHost does not censor the content of your Web sites and pages and it is your sole responsibility to abide to SocketHost network restrictions.

2.2.5.If you have a reseller account with SocketHost, you may not resell our hosting services to any clients or customers that sell adult content.

2.2.6.You may not use SocketHost’s services to sell or solicit sales for any of the following items, products or services because they are or may be illegal in one or more jurisdictions where SocketHost’s services are offered, or where they can be viewed through SocketHost’s services:

  • Online pornography or adult content for which a viewer must subscribe to access it,
  • Adult content-related products or services (including X-rated videos, pictures, etc. especially of individuals under 18 years of age), and
  • Obscene materials, as defined by law.

If we find any of your sites (or any of the sites of your customers, if you have a reseller account) to be selling any of the prohibited products or services, the offending accounts shall be subject to immediate account termination.

3. Compliance with law

Customer shall not use SocketHost’s Service or any other service or network to post, upload, transmit, retransmit, store, distribute or facilitate the distribution of any content, including without limitation text, communications, software, images, sounds, data, or other information that, in SocketHost’s sole discretion:

3.1.violates, attempts to violate, or helps any third party to violate any local, state, federal, international, or non-United States law, ordinance, or regulation,

3.2.is threatening, obscene, indecent, pornographic, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, tortious, inaccurate, or that otherwise could adversely affect any individual, group or entity (collectively, “Persons”),

3.3.threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property,

3.4.harms any person,

3.5.victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, or any other reason,

3.6.is posted in violation of a newsgroup charter,

3.7.contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer,

3.8.violates any terms or conditions of any other network access provider or Internet service provider,

3.9.violates the rights of any person, including rights protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property or similar laws or regulations including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of “pirated” information content or data or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by Customer. Customer shall be responsible for determining what laws or regulations are applicable to its use of the Services and Products,

3.10.adds, removes, or modifies identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead any person. Additionally, attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is prohibited. However, the use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not by itself constitute impersonation, unless such use is made with the intent to deceive, defraud, or mislead any person or to violate any applicable laws or regulations,

3.11.collects, attempts to collect, or helps any third party to collect personal information about third parties without their knowledge or consent or in a manner that violates applicable laws concerning privacy,

3.12.or has a negative effect on SocketHost or its network (including, without limitation, overloading servers on the SocketHost Network; causing portions of the SocketHost Network to be blocked by other network providers; generating unresolved third party complaints or complaints which, in the discretion of SocketHost, impose an unreasonable administrative burden on SocketHost; etc.)

4. System and Network Security

Violations of system or network security are strictly prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability as well as termination of services from SocketHost. SocketHost investigates all incidents involving such violations and will cooperate with law enforcement if a violation of the criminal law is suspected.

You are responsible for any misuse of your account, even if a friend, family member, guest, agent, or employee committed the inappropriate activity while using your account. Therefore, you must take steps to ensure that others do not gain unauthorized access to your account. In addition, you may not use your account to breach the security of another SocketHost account or attempt to gain unauthorized access to another network or server.

Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation, the following:

4.1.Introduction into the network or server of any malicious program (examples: viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, logic bombs, and other executables intended to inflict harm).

4.2.Introduction into the network or server of any self-extracting file or program containing any malicious program as specified in Section 4.1 of this AUP.

4.3.Introduction into the network or server of any data, parameter, configuration, template, or control files for software applications that contain destructive macros or other malicious code.

4.4.Introduction into the network or server of any encrypted or compressed file or archive such as .zip or .gz files that contains any malicious program as specified in paragraphs 4.1 through 4.3 of this AUP.

4.5.Effecting security breaches or disruptions of Internet communication and/or connectivity. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the Customer is not an intended recipient, logging into a server or account that the Customer is not expressly authorized to access, or exceeding the access to a server or account that has been granted to the Customer. For purposes of this section, “disruption” includes, but is not limited to port scans, flood pings, email-bombing, packet spoofing, IP spoofing, and forged routing information.

4.6.Executing any form of network activity that will intercept data not intended for the Customer.

4.7.Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network or account.

4.8.Interfering with or denying service to any user other than users of the Customer’s host (examples: denial of service attack or distributed denial of service attack).

4.9.Using any program script/command, or sending messages of any kind such as a punter, designed to interfere with or to disable, a user’s terminal session, via any means, locally or via the Internet.

4.10.Attempting to use or gain unauthorized access to data, accounts, hosts, servers, systems or networks of this site, or to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network of this site, any SocketHost Services or those of any other party.

4.11.Interfering with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, mail-bombing, flooding, or attempting to overload the system.

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

4.13.Falsifying address information or otherwise modifying e-mail headers to conceal the sender’s or the recipient’s identity.

5. Internet Etiquette

The Customer agrees to observe and abide by reasonable Internet etiquette (Netiquette). The Customer shall comply with the rules appropriate to any network to which SocketHost may provide access. The Customer should not post, transmit, or permit Internet access to information the Customer desires to keep confidential. The Customer shall not post any material that is illegal, is libelous, is otherwise tortious, indecently depicts children, or is likely to result in retaliation against SocketHost by offended users. SocketHost reserves the right to refuse or terminate service at any time for violation of this section. This includes, but is not limited to, advertising services or sites via Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or USENET in clear violation of the policies of the IRC channel or USENET group.

6. Child Pornography

SocketHost will cooperate fully with any criminal investigation into a Customer’s violation of the Child Protection Act of 1984 concerning child pornography, or any other applicable international, federal, state, or local law that prohibits child pornography. Customers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their clients over SocketHost network, and shall 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

7. SocketHost No Spam Policy (NSP)

SocketHost reserves the right to discontinue service to any Customer it deems, in its sole discretion, violates any condition of service including, but not limited to, the following:

7.1.Customer shall comply with all the terms and conditions of SocketHost’s No-Spam Policy (NSP) as described in this Section 7. Violation of the NSP shall be deemed a violation of this AUP and of the Customer’s Agreement with SocketHost.

7.2.At SocketHost, we are committed to providing valuable hosting services to our valued customers.

7.3.An important part of SocketHost’s mission is to be a respected and responsible member of the business and Internet communities. We take seriously our role in protecting our customers and the general public from nuisances such as “spam.” This section describes our NO-SPAM Policy. Please read it carefully, because it contains important information and because it is a material part of your Agreement with SocketHost.

7.4.To report any spam you receive that identifies itself as coming from the SocketHost.com servers or claims to be related to SocketHost in any way, please send an e-mail message to us at . In your message to us, please include a complete and accurate copy of the message that you consider to be spam, along with full message headers and routing information for e-mail, a message board provided by a Web site or an online service, Usenet, interactive chat message, or instant message service, as the case may be.

7.5. Definition of Spam.

  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message, including, but not limited to, messages that are:
    • posted to an electronic mailing list (other than an “opt-in” e-mail list as described below),
    • posted on an online bulletin board system or Web-based message board system or “guest book”,
    • posted to a Usenet newsgroup,
    • posted to the common area of an online community, group, or club,
    • posted in a chat room,
    • posted in a message board of a commercial online service (such as America Online),
    • posted to a Weblog (“blog”),
    • sent via an instant message system (such as ICQ, Yahoo! Pager, Yahoo! Instant Messenger, or AOL Instant Messenger),
    • sent through e-mail or another Internet means of communication when the message’s ultimate destination is a facsimile (“fax”) machine, cellular or wireless telephone, or wireless device,
  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message that is addressed to one or more recipients with whom you do not have an preexisting business or personal relationship,
  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message that is sent to a mailing list of addresses that you purchased or that were otherwise distributed, or any list of e-mail addresses whose owners did not sign up for your specific mailing list, including without limitation lists commonly known as “affiliate lists,”
  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message that is not sent at the request of, or with the express consent of, the recipient(s),
  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message that is sent to a recipient who has opted out of receiving further commercial electronic messages from you, or
  • a commercial e-mail message or other electronic message that contains forged headers, compromised mail server relays, or false contact information.

For purposes of this Policy, spam also includes any e-mail or other electronic message that is sent in violation of any applicable Federal, state, or local law regulating unsolicited commercial e-mail, unsolicited fax transmissions, or any other type of unsolicited commercial electronic message, regardless of whether that message fits the definition of “spam” provided above.

7.6. “Opt-in” E-mail Lists

Please note: messages sent to “opt-in” e-mail lists are not spam, for purposes of this Policy, provided that those messages meet all of the following criteria:

  • the messages are sent to an “opt-in” e-mail list in which ALL subscribers have VOLUNTARILY agreed to receive announcements and advertisements about products and services;
  • the messages STRICTLY COMPLY with ALL the requirements and regulations of the “opt-in” e-mail list; and
  • upon request of any subscriber to the “opt-in” e-mail list, you immediately stop sending that subscriber any e-mail regarding your products and services.

If you choose to use an “opt-in” e-mail list, please be aware that SocketHost will consider ANY violation of the requirements or regulations of such any third party provider of software or services for such a list to be a violation of this NO SPAM Policy.

Furthermore, SocketHost reserves the right to prohibit “opt-in” e-mail lists in the future if such a prohibition is reasonably necessary to keep its hosting service operating efficiently for all users.

7.7. Zero Tolerance for Spam

SocketHost will not tolerate any spamming by any of its Customers. This prohibition of spam extends to the sending of unsolicited mass mailings from another service, which in any way implicates the use of SocketHost’s services whether or not the message actually originated from our network.

Violation of this NO-SPAM policy will result in SocketHost taking one or more of the following actions:

A warning via e-mail or telephone,

Suspension of your site until furthur notice,

Removal of DNS for the advertised/originating site, or

Temporarily blocking outgoing mail from your site.

Repeated violation of this NO-SPAM policy will result in immediate disconnection of service with no re-activation.

SocketHost reserves the right to take all legal and technical steps available to prevent unsolicited bulk e-mail or other unauthorized e-mail from being sent from or transmitted through the SocketHost Network.

7.8. Indemnification of SocketHost

You agree to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify SocketHost from any harm or damages whatsoever resulting directly or indirectly from your engaging in any spamming practices or from your violation of any of the terms of this NO SPAM Policy.

8. No Editing, Censoring, or Control of Communications; Reservation of Rights

Your participation in online communication or use of any SocketHost service is not edited, censored, or otherwise controlled by SocketHost. However, SocketHost reserves the right to monitor content on this site and on any SocketHost servers, networks, or systems and to remove content, disable sites, or suspend or terminate services if SocketHost, in its sole discretion, determines such content or user practices are harmful, offensive, or otherwise in violation of this Acceptable Use Policy.

9. Export Control Laws

Exporting encryption software over the Internet from the United States of America to countries other than the United States of America and Canada violates United States law, unless you have a license to do so from the Bureau of Industry and Security in the United States Department of Commerce. You are solely responsible for determining whether any of your software or other information contains encryption software and whether you require a license to export your software or information. You are also solely responsible for complying with all applicable laws governing the export of encryption products. For additional information, you may wish to visit the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Web site at:

http://www.bxa.doc.gov/Encryption

10. International Use

SocketHost makes no representation that materials available on this site or any or through any SocketHost service are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States, and accessing them or using them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Customers and their users who access this site or any site hosted by SocketHost from locations outside the United States of America are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations. Moreover, to the extent allowed by law, Customers agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless SocketHost, its parents, subsidiaries, partners, joint venturers, employees and agents, and all their respective heirs, successors, and assigns for any acts of Customer or Customer’s users that may violate any applicable law.

11. Intellectual Property Rights

11.1.All SocketHost Web site design, text, graphics and the selection and arrangement thereof are the copyrighted work of SocketHost, Inc., © 2005. All rights reserved. If any page, information, or content is copied, it may only be copied for non-commercial uses that are explicitly allowed under the Customer’s Agreement with SocketHost or by law, and SocketHost shall, in any event, retain all copyright and other proprietary interests in said page, information, or content.

11.2.You acknowledge and agree that copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, and other proprietary rights and laws protect all content and materials available on this site or through any SocketHost service. Nothing on any SocketHost Web site shall be interpreted or implied in such a way as conferring any license or right to any intellectual property rights or license to any intellectual property, content, technology, system, process, or related material belonging to SocketHost by virtue of it being displayed or made accessible on any SocketHost Web site. Except as expressly authorized, you agree not to use this site or any SocketHost Services in any manner that would infringe, violate, dilute or misappropriate any such rights, with respect to any material, which you may access, receive or make available through this site or any SocketHost Services.

11.3.If you use a domain name or content in connection with the SocketHost Web hosting, or any other Web hosting service, you agree not to use that domain name or content in any way which violates any trademark, service mark, or similar rights of any third party. Specifically, and without limitation, you agree that you will not engage in, attempt to engage in, or conspire with others or solicit others to engage in any cybersquatting or domain name hijacking,

11.4.SocketHost’s data center infrastructure including all hardware, software, and telecommunications facilities located in its data center may only be used for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution, or storage of any information, data or material in violation of any United States or state regulation or law or the common law, or any applicable foreign or international law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, material protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property rights.

11.5.Creating, utilizing, or distributing unauthorized copies of software or other information content is a violation of international, federal, and state law. If you copy, distribute, or install software or other information content in ways that the license to use that content does not allow, you are violating federal copyright law and international copyright law. SocketHost will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies in relation to alleged copyright infringement based on content housed in our data centers.

11.6.Please see Copyright Infringement Reporting on the SocketHost Web site for procedures on disclosing alleged copyright infringement.

12. Customer’s Grant of Limited License to SocketHost; Warranties on Content

By posting or submitting content to any SocketHost Web site or server, you:

12.1.Grant SocketHost a limited license to transmit, copy, store, back up, and retrieve the content, for the purposes of providing you with the services you are purchasing under your Agreement with SocketHost;

12.2.Acknowledge that you are placing data on servers, networks, and systems that reside physically in the United States. Such servers, networks, and systems are governed by United States law and not by the laws of other jurisdiction. As such, your rights to privacy are governed by United States law and the SocketHost privacy policy. By ordering or using SocketHost’s services, you explicitly consent to this provision regarding privacy.

WHILE SOCKETHOST WILL MAKE REASONABLE EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF YOUR INFORMATION AND TO COMPLY WITH UNITED STATES LAW, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS AVAILABLE UNDER UNITED STATES LAW AND THE SOCKETHOST PRIVACY POLICY MAY BE LESS THAN THOSE GUARANTEED BY THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE YOU RESIDE.

12.3.Warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content and that public posting and use of your content by SocketHost does not and will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party; and

12.4.Agree to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify SocketHost for any claims of any third party resulting from the public posting or use of your content.

13. IP Allocation

SocketHost administers an Internet network on which multiple Customer servers reside. Customers shall NOT use Internet protocol (IP) addresses that were not assigned to them by SocketHost staff or network administrators.

14. Restrictions on Use of SocketHost Services

14.1.You may not operate Internet Relay Chat (“IRC”) servers using SocketHost’s services.

14.2.You may not run any IRC robot on any IRC server that might interfere with the Services or otherwise violate this AUP. When logged into any IRC server, you must comply with the rules and policies established by that IRC’s service administrator.

14.3.You must not use any programs that may or will interfere with another’s use of this site or any SocketHost Services.

14.4.You may not run any background processes on the SocketHost servers, networks, or systems without prior written authorization from SocketHost.

14.5.You may not use any SocketHost services to send denial-of-service (DOS) attacks to any computer or network, or to “flood” any computer or network.

14.6.SocketHost reserves the right to add further restrictions to Customers’use of the SocketHost Services if such further restrictions are reasonably necessary to keep its hosting service operating efficiently for all users.

14.7.You may not host any adult websites on SocketHost's servers.

15. Suspension and Cancellation

SocketHost reserves the right to suspend service to any Customer or who is using our network or services for violation of the AUP, the NSP, the Privacy Policy, or the TOS. SocketHost will use reasonable care in notifying the Customer and in resolving the problem in a method resulting in the least amount of service interference as reasonably possible. SocketHost reserves the right to terminate service without notice for continued and repeated violations of the AUP, the NSP, the Privacy Policy, or the TOS.

16. Notices Regarding Violations of AUP and Intellectual Property Rights

The SocketHost Agreement and all its components prohibit acts of copyright and trademark infringement and other unlawful behavior by SocketHost Customers. SocketHost takes Customer violations seriously and will investigate complaints and, where appropriate, may remove content, disable sites, suspend or terminate services, or take other action as necessary

General Complaints: Please send reports of any activity in violation of this Acceptable Use Policy to . If possible, please provide the IP address used to commit the violation, the date and time of the violation, and evidence of the violation. SocketHost will reasonably investigate incidents involving such alleged violations. SocketHost may involve and will cooperate with law enforcement officials if any criminal activity is suspected. Violations may result in criminal and civil liability.

Copyright/Trademark Infringement Complaints: If you believe that your copyright or trademark has been used by a SocketHost subscriber without permission, such that the use may constitute infringement of your intellectual property rights, please contact SocketHost customer service in order to see how to send your claim

17. Miscellaneous

All monetary amounts to which this Agreement refers shall be in United States dollars.