Acceptable Use Policy
Revision date: September 2013
As a provider of web site hosting and other Internet-related services, Greater Vancouver Systems offers its customer (also known as “Subscribers”) and their customers and users the means to acquire and disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial and non-commercial information. Greater Vancouver Systems respects that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information. However, when there are competing interests at issue, Greater Vancouver Systems reserves the right to take certain preventive or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, Greater Vancouver Systems has developed an Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”), which supplements and explains certain terms of each customer’s respective service agreement, and is intended as a guide to the customer’s rights and obligations when using Greater Vancouver Systems’ services. This AUP will be revised from time to time.
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 Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems’ network and may reach a large number of people, including both subscribers and non-subscribers of Greater Vancouver Systems, subscribers’ postings to the Internet may affect other subscribers and may affect Greater Vancouver Systems’ goodwill, business, reputation or operations. For these reasons, subscribers violate Greater Vancouver Systems policy and the Service Agreement when they, their customers, affiliates or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:
Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial information over the Internet. It is not only harmful because of its negative impact on consumer attitudes toward Greater Vancouver Systems, but also because it can overload Greater Vancouver Systems’ network and disrupt service to Greater Vancouver Systems’ subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems reserves the right to prosecute for this violation. A $1.00 charge will be assessed PER EMAIL sent should Greater Vancouver Systems choose to pursue and prosecute.
Audio/Video Streaming is not hosting friendly. As such, Greater Vancouver Systems does not allow any streaming of audio or video content. Offending accounts will be suspended without noticed or terminated.
Greater Vancouver Systems does not allow adult content and will suspend/terminate any offending account.
Large File Policy:
Greater Vancouver Systems is not for file hosting and distribution – as such, customers may not host any files larger than 50MB in size that are observed to be available for the sole purpose of download. Such files include but are not limited to .ISO, audio/video files, .EXE files. If you are unsure whether your file is against this policy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obscene Speech or Materials:
Using Greater Vancouver Systems’ network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or material is prohibited. Greater Vancouver Systems is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through its network.
Defamatory or Abusive Language:
Using Greater Vancouver Systems’ 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 Destructive Activities:
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.
Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems 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. Greater Vancouver Systems will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of its subscribers to ensure that the comply with Greater Vancouver Systems’ policy or applicable law. However, when Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems.
Greater Vancouver Systems is also aware that many of its subscribers are themselves providers of Internet services, and that information reaching Greater Vancouver Systems’ facilities from those subscribers may have originated from a customer of the subscriber or from another third party. Greater Vancouver Systems does not require its subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of its subscribers. Greater Vancouver Systems reserves the right to directly take action against a customer of its subscribers. Also, Greater Vancouver Systems may take action against the Greater Vancouver Systems’ subscriber because of activities of a customer of the subscriber, even though the action may affect other customers of the subscriber. Similarly, Greater Vancouver Systems anticipates that subscribers who offer Internet services will cooperate with Greater Vancouver Systems in any corrective or preventive action that Greater Vancouver Systems deems necessary. Failure to cooperate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of Greater Vancouver Systems policy.
Greater Vancouver Systems 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. Greater Vancouver Systems may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, Greater Vancouver Systems 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. Greater Vancouver Systems 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, Greater Vancouver Systems may disclose subscriber information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect Greater Vancouver Systems and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system. However, Greater Vancouver Systems will never sell information to other services or outside companies.
Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems policy. Finally, Greater Vancouver Systems wishes to emphasize that, in signing the Service Agreement, subscribers indemnify Greater Vancouver Systems for any violation of the Service Agreement, law or Greater Vancouver Systems policy resulting in loss to Greater Vancouver Systems or the bringing of any claim against Greater Vancouver Systems by any third party. This means that, if Greater Vancouver Systems 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 Greater Vancouver Systems, plus costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including Greater Vancouver Systems and its subscribers, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a subscriber’s violation of this AUP should be sent to email@example.com.