Acceptable Use Policy

General Usage:
Services may only be used for lawful purposes. Transmission, storage or displaying any information, data or other material in violation of any United States Federal, State, County or City law is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copyrighted Materials (which you do not have written permission from the copyright holder)
  • Pirated Software
  • Hacking/Cracking related sites or software
  • Warez Materials
  • Sites supporting or related to UCE/spam
  • Copyrighted MP3 files
  • IRC related sites
  • Pornography or other adult related material
  • Sexually related materials (products, services, banners)
  • Phishing / Identity Theft
  • Links to any above materials

Sites found to contain any prohibited data or materials will be canceled immediately without warning and will not be eligible for any refund. The Linux ETC Company retains the final decision as to what constitutes a violation of this policy. The Linux ETC Company may, at our discretion, report and forward any suspected materials to a variety of police agencies, including, but not limited to the Software Piracy Association, the FBI and other local, state or national police agencies as The Linux ETC Company deems necessary. The Linux ETC Company will cooperate fully with official investigation by any recognized law enforcement organization.

Sites whose primary purpose is for the file distribution or site mirroring are prohibited.

E-Mail/Spam/UCE
The Linux ETC Company maintains a "zero tolerance" for spam and UCE.

Spamming or "UCE" (Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (does not necessarily need to be commercial in nature, however)) is the sending of unsolicited e-mail to any person or persons the sender does not know or have prior explicit consent to send the message(s) to. Using fictitious e-mail addresses of any domain housed on our network is forbidden. Unsolicited e-mail of any type (to e-mail addresses or newsgroup postings) is classified as UCE.

UCE referencing sites on our servers in any manner (as originator, intermediary, destination or reply-to address) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and your account may be terminated without notice or refund if you send UCE through our network or your site on our network is referenced in UCE. In addition, The Linux ETC Company reserves the right to impose a minimum US$100.00 fee for each reported unsolicited e-mail. Additional charges may apply for administrative work or any penalties incurred by The Linux ETC Company or our up line providers for abusing our services.

Opt-Out mailing lists are strictly prohibited. This includes any lists or databases purchased or otherwise obtained from third parties, as the persons on such lists did not specifically solicit mail from you. Any mailing lists you maintain must be true confirmed opt-in in nature. (information regarding confirmed opt-in lists and responsible e-mail marketing can be found here and here) This requires a user to specifically request to be added to your mailing list. Having to unsubscribe from mailing lists during product registration and similar sign up forms is not classified as opt-in, but rather opt-out, which is in violation of this UCE policy. In addition, any opt-in mailing lists must include an automated unsubscribe facility where clicking on a link within the e-mail will automatically and immediately unsubscribe users from lists. Reply-to e-mail addresses to unsubscribe are known to be ignored and are unreliable, therefore not permitted within our UCE policy.

Any violation of this policy may result in the immediate termination of your e-mail service and/or your entire account without notice at our sole discretion. No refunds will be issued for accounts canceled for sending or being referenced in UCE. The Linux ETC Company reserves the right to refuse or cancel service of known spammers. The Linux ETC Company may also notify any confirmed UCE to other service providers used or referenced in the transmission of UCE, as well as law enforcement agencies when appropriate.

BOTTOM-LINE: UCE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!
UCE violations can be sent via our Contact form under "UCE Abuse filing".

Privacy
Please review our Privacy Policy here.

Copyright Violations
Please review our DMCA policy here. In addition, The Linux ETC Company reserves the right to impose a minimum US$100.00 administrative fee for handling repeated complaints. Additional charges may apply for administrative work or any penalties incurred by The Linux ETC Company or our up line providers for abusing our services.

Excessive Usage
CGI, ASP, and Cold Fusion and other scripts may cause excessive usage (system resources and/or bandwidth) which will detrimentally effect other sites on our network. Client takes full responsibility for all scripts executed from their account - regardless how the script was obtained. Any account found to be using excessive usage may be suspended or terminated without warning. When possible, advanced warning will be provided, however if the excessive usage is deemed to be causing immediate harm to our servers or network, no warning will be provided. Clients will need to make acceptable arrangements (typically removal of the offending script) with The Linux ETC Company prior to the account being reinstated. Repeated excessive usage will result in the account being canceled without the possibility for reinstatement or refund.

Bulletin Boards (such as the Ultimate Bulletin Board) are known to be major resource hogs and are strongly discouraged on shared hosting accounts. If you expect to host a highly used bulletin board script, you may want to consider moving to a dedicated server to prevent potential account suspension or cancellation. Chat scripts are not allowed on our servers due to their known resource demands.

The Linux ETC Company retains sole discretion over what constitutes excessive usage.

Server Abuse
Any attempts to cause harm or hack into our servers in any manner is strictly prohibited and The Linux ETC Company will pursue any user attempting to illegally access our servers. All evidence will be turned over to the FBI or other law enforcement agencies.

Reselling space within a a shared hosting account is prohibited. The Linux ETC Company offers a reseller program for those interested in reselling services, which provides a separate account for each resold domain. One domain name is provided per account. Forwarding multiple domains into a single account via remote DNS or other services without the expressed permission of The Linux ETC Company is not permitted.

Bundled Services Abuse
Linux ETC may bundle various add-on's with service offerings. Many of these services are offered "within reason" and may be withdrawn at Linux ETC sole discretion should use of these add-on's be abused. One example would be Linux ETC offering of KVM over IP on demand with certain dedicated server and colocation services. If KVM is requested an excessive number of times, customers may be given alternative options such as paying for remote hands or offered hardware which supports dedicated KVM access at an additional monthly cost.

Commerce on the Web
Through your uses of the The Linux ETC Company service, you may have opportunities to sell merchandise or services to subscribers to the The Linux ETC Company service and users of other communications outlets such as the Internet. You further acknowledge that all transactions relating to merchandise or services offered by you through the The Linux ETC Company service, including but not limited to the purchase terms, payment terms, warranties, guarantees, maintenance and delivery terms for such transactions are agreed to solely between you and third party purchasers. The Linux ETC Company and its affiliates make no warranties or representations whatsoever with respect to your goods and services, or with respect to the qualifications of any third party purchaser.

Revised: 20 January 2011