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ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY - AUP

This is Metadot Acceptable Use Policy. This document contains information about what type of behavior is and is not allowed on the Metadot Network. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Background

Metadot network is defined as all the servers, networks, and services Metadot Corporation provides to its users and customers.
From time to time Metadot 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.metadot.com.
The AUPs are not exhaustive and Metadot reserves the right to modify the AUPs at any time, effective upon either the posting of the modified AUPs to www.Metadot.com or notification of the modified AUPs. By registering for and using the services, and thereby accepting the terms and conditions of the Master Services Agreement or its equivalent, 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 Metadot 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 METADOT. 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 METADOTíS POLICY TO TERMINATE REPEAT INFRINGERS. METADOT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE AT ANY TIME.

System And Network Security
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. Metadot 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 Metadot. Such labor is categorized as emergency security breach recovery and is currently charged at $195 USD per hour required. Enquiries regarding security matters may be directed to support@metadot.com.


Metadot 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, however, Metadot urges its customers to assume that all of their online communications are insecure. Metadot cannot take responsibility for the security of information transmitted over Metadot's facilities.

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 Metadot's service to guess passwords or to access other systems or networks without authorization. Metadot will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the detection and prosecution of illegal activity.

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 Metadot 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 Metadot by offended users. Metadot 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.

Copyright Infringement - Software Piracy Policy
The Metadot 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 to info@metadot.com.


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

Network and Services Responsibility
Customers have a responsibility to use the Metadot network and services responsibly. This includes respecting the other customers of Metadot. Metadot reserves the right to suspend and or cancel service with any Customer who uses the Metadot network and services in such a way that adversely effects other Metadot customers. This includes but is not limited to:

Attacking or attempting to gain unauthorized access to servers and services that belong to Metadot or its customers (i.e. computer hacking), and/or

Participating in behavior which result in reprisals that adversely effect the Metadot network or other customers' access to the Metadot network and services.

Metadot 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 Metadot customer, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to Metadot, 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 Metadot is strictly prohibited.
Violations of this policy may be reported directly to the FBI's Infrastructure Protection & Computer Intrusion Squad at https://tips.fbi.gov/.
Metadot will cooperate fully with any civil and/or criminal litigation arising from the violation of this policy.

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 fraudulent content.
Using any Metadot 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 Metadot services or products is prohibited. Using the Metadot 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.
Servers hosted within Metadot network are open to the public. You are solely responsible for your usage of the Metadot network and services and any statement you make on services hosted within the Metadot 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.

Child Pornography on the Internet
Metadot 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 Metadot 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

Commercial Advertisements with E-mail
Metadot takes a zero tolerance approach to the sending of Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE) or SPAM over our network. Very simply, this means that customers of Metadot may not use or permit others to use our network to transact in UCE. Customers of Metadot may not host, or permit hosting of, sites or information that is advertised by UCE from other networks. Violations of this policy carry severe penalties, including termination of service.
Sending a message, especially an advertisement, to more than five recipients, is by itself spamming unless the individuals have specifically requested to be added to a mailing list on that topic. This includes both commercial advertisements and informational messages sent to recipients via electronic mail (email) as well as off-topic messages posted in Usenet discussion groups where the recipient has not requested or invited the message. E-mail is a person-to-person medium, not a broadcast medium.
Customers of Metadot are strictly prohibited from using or permitting others to use UCE or SPAM over our network. As our Customers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their clients over the Metadot network, it is advisable that Customers develop a similar, or stricter, policy for their clients.
Violation of Metadot's SPAM policy will result in severe penalties. Upon notification of an alleged violation of our SPAM policy, Metadot will initiate an immediate investigation (within 48 hours of notification). During the investigation, Metadot may restrict customer access to the network to prevent further violations.
If a customer is found to be in violation of our SPAM policy, Metadot may, at its sole discretion, restrict, suspend or terminate customer's account. Further, Metadot reserves the right to pursue civil remedies for any costs associated with the investigation of a substantiated policy violation. Metadot will notify law enforcement officials if the violation is believed to be a criminal offense.

Violation of Metadot's SPAM policy may be reported to info@metadot.com

Suspension
Metadot reserves the right to suspend service access to any customer if, in the judgment of the Metadot service administrators, the customer's server is the source or target of the violation of any of the other terms of the AUPs or for any other reason which Metadot chooses. 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 contacting regarding the activity. The customer will not be credited for the time the customer's services were suspended. The Customer will be credited on a prorated basis based on the monthly fees the Customer pays for the servers that are suspended for the time the Customer's services were suspended.

Cancellation
Metadot 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 contacting regarding the activity. All fees paid in advance of cancellation will be prorated and paid by Metadot if Metadot 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.).

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

Disclaimer of Responsibility
Metadot 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. Metadot 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 Sub-Networks, resellers and managed services of Metadot 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.