One important aspect of the Internet is that no one party owns or controls it. This fact accounts for much of the Internet's openness and value, but it also places a high premium on the judgment and responsibility of those who use it, both in the information they acquire and in the information they disseminate to others. When subscribers obtain information through the Internet, they must keep in mind that Inspire Solutions cannot monitor, verify, warrant or vouch for the accuracy and quality of the information they acquire. For this reason, the subscriber must exercise his or her best judgment in relying on information obtained from the Internet, and also should be aware that some material posted to the Internet may be sexually explicit or otherwise offensive. Because Inspire Solutions cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, Inspire Solutions cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its subscribers resulting from inaccurate, unsuitable, offensive or illegal Internet communications.
When subscribers disseminate information from the Internet, they must keep in mind that Inspire Solutions does not review, edit, censor or take responsibility for any information its subscribers may create. When users place information on the Internet, they have the same liability as other authors for copyright infringement, defamation and other harmful speech. Also, because the information created is carried over Inspire Solutions' network and may reach a large number of people, including both subscribers and non-subscribers of Inspire Solutions, subscribers' postings to the Internet may affect other subscribers and may affect Inspire Solutions' goodwill, business, reputation or operations. For these reasons, subscribers violate Inspire Solutions policy and the Service Agreement when they, their customers, affiliates or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities including but not limited to:
Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial information over the Internet. It is not only harmful because of its negative impact on consumer attitudes toward Inspire Solutions, but also because it can overload Inspire Solutions' network and disrupt service to Inspire Solutions' subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, Inspire Solutions will investigate and shutdown the account that is SPAMing. A $250 charge for violating this policy will be charged to the person initiating the SPAM. Furthermore Inspire Solutions reserves the right to prosecute for this violation. A $1.00 charge will be assessed PER EMAIL sent should Inspire Solutions choose to pursue and prosecute.
Audio/Video Streaming is not hosting friendly. As such, Inspire Solutions does not allow any streaming of audio or video content. Offending accounts will be suspended without noticed or terminated.
Defamatory or Abusive Language:
Using Inspire Solutions' network as a means to transmit or post negative, defamatory, harassing, abusive or threatening language.
Forging of Headers:
Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message.
Illegal or Unauthorized Access to Other Computers or Networks:
Accessing, illegally or without authorization, computers, accounts or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures of another individual's system (often known as "hacking"). Also, any activity that may be used as a precursor to an attempted system penetration (i.e., port scan, stealth scan or other information-gathering activity).
Distribution of Internet Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses or Other
Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan horses, pinging, flooding, mail bombing or denial of service attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere with the ability of others to effectively use the network or any connected network, system, service or equipment.
Facilitation a Violation of this AUP:
Advertising, transmitting or otherwise making available any software, program, product or service that is designed to violate this AUP, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mail bombing, denial of service attacks and piracy of software.
Export Control Violations:
Exporting encryption software over the Internet or otherwise, to points outside the United States.
Inspire Solutions reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.
Other Illegal Activities:
Engaging in activities that are determined to be illegal, including, but not limited to, advertising, transmitting or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, fraudulently charging credit cards and pirating software.
Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that Inspire Solutions determines to be harmful to its subscribers, operations, reputation, goodwill or customer relations.
As we have pointed out, the responsibility for avoiding harmful activities just described rests primarily with the subscriber. Inspire Solutions will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of its subscribers to ensure that the comply with Inspire Solutions' policy or applicable law. However, when Inspire Solutions becomes aware of harmful activities, it may take any action to stop the harmful activity, including, but not limited to, removal of information, shutting down a web site, implementing screening software designed to block offending transmissions, denying access to the Internet, or any other action deemed appropriate by Inspire Solutions.
Inspire Solutions is also aware that many of its subscribers are themselves providers of Internet services, and that information reaching Inspire Solutions' facilities from those subscribers may have originated from a customer of the subscriber or from another third party. Inspire Solutions does not require its subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of its subscribers. Inspire Solutions reserves the right to directly take action against a customer of its subscribers. Also, Inspire Solutions may take action against the Inspire Solutions' subscriber because of activities of a customer of the subscriber, even though the action may affect other customers of the subscriber. Similarly, Inspire Solutions anticipates that subscribers who offer Internet services will cooperate with Inspire Solutions in any corrective or preventive action that Inspire Solutions deems necessary. Failure to cooperate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of Inspire Solutions policy.
Inspire Solutions will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages sent or receive by its subscribers, unless required to do so by law, governmental authority or when public safety is at stake. Inspire Solutions may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, Inspire Solutions may disclose information, including, but not limited to, information concerning a subscriber, a transmission made using our network, or a web site, in order to comply with a court order, subpoena, summons, discovery request, warrant, statute, regulation or governmental request. Inspire Solutions assumes not obligation to inform the subscriber that subscriber information has been provided and, in some cases, may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, Inspire Solutions may disclose subscriber information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect Inspire Solutions and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system. However, Inspire Solutions will never sell information to other services or outside companies.
Inspire Solutions expects that its subscribers who provide Internet services to others will comply fully with all applicable laws concerning the privacy of online communications. A subscriber's failure to comply with those laws will violate Inspire Solutions policy. Finally, Inspire Solutions wishes to emphasize that, in signing the Service Agreement, subscribers indemnify Inspire Solutions for any violation of the Service Agreement, law or Inspire Solutions policy resulting in loss to Inspire Solutions or the bringing of any claim against Inspire Solutions by any third party. This means that, if Inspire Solutions is sued because of a subscriber's or customer of a subscriber's activity, the subscriber will be responsible for payment of any damages awarded against Inspire Solutions, plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees.
We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet
users, including Inspire Solutions and its subscribers, as responsible
members of the Internet. Any complaints about a subscriber's violation
of this AUP should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.