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Acceptable Use Policy / Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Introduction

The goal of CoreShells is to provide the best service possible for an enjoyable Internet experience. This Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP" or "Policy") is designed to keep CoreShells and the Internet enjoyable and useful for all of our subscribers. Violation of this Policy may result in suspension or cancellation of CoreShells services. CoreShells is committed to and supports the free exchange of information and ideas over the Internet. CoreShells does not actively monitor nor does CoreShells exercise editorial control over the content of any web site, electronic mail transmission, mailing list, news group or other material created or accessible over CoreShells servers. However, CoreShells reserves sole discretionary rights to remove any materials deemed potentially illegal, harmful to CoreShells business operations or equipment, or in violation of any part of this AUP or of the standard CoreShells Internet Agreement. Use of CoreShells Network's servers immediately constitutes acceptance and acknowledgement of this Acceptable Use Policy.

2. Restricted Content

Clients are expected to use the Internet with respect, courtesy, and responsibility, giving due regard to the rights of other Internet users. Clients are expected to use his/her account for the purposes of maintaining a website only. Common sense is the best guide as to what is considered acceptable use.

CoreShells forbids websites with adult graphic content (softcore and/or hardcore), including, but not limited to, banner advertising, any adult website(s), child pornography, and distribution of adult website passwords. Client's whose accounts are found in violation of this policy may, at the discretion of CoreShells, have their account(s) terminated without notice and are subject to a maximum clean-up/disconnect fee.

Using a shared account as a backup/storage device or to store content not linked to the web is not permitted. Please do not take backups of your backups.

Client's whose website promotes activities that violate federal, state, local, International laws and/or violation of U.S. export restrictions are also not welcome at CoreShells. This includes "warez" sites (freely distributing copyright programs), or sites promoting hacking and/or cracking programs. Client's whose accounts are found in violation of this policy may, at the discretion of CoreShells, have their account(s) terminated without notice and are subject to a maximum clean-up/disconnection fee. Additionally, CoreShells may contact the Software Piracy Association ("SPA") and release any information in connection with any illegal activities relating to software piracy on the Client's account.

IRC Bots, or any other automaton programs written in C, Perl or IRC-script used specifically in conjunction with IRC are not allowed. These programs tie up system resources and are in no way related to maintaining a website. Clients are not allowed to have any programs, including but not limited to, Eggdrop, or any other IRC-related programs, within their account. Client agrees not to upload the tar file for any of these programs or to execute them within their account. The first violation of this policy will result in the IRC-related program to be removed from the Client's account and CoreShells will notify the Client immediately of the violation. The second violation of this policy may, at the discretion of CoreShells, result in the Client's account(s) being terminated without notice and a maximum clean-up/disconnect fee.

CoreShells' Network's services may not be used for illegal purposes, or in support of illegal activities. CoreShells reserves the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrong. Activities which are prohibited as potentially illegal include, but are not limited to:

(i). Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and copyrighted software.

(ii). Threatening bodily harm or property damage to individuals or groups.

(iii). Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from your account.

(iv). Attempting to access the accounts of others or attempting to penetrate beyond security measures of our or other systems (referred to as hacking) whether or not the intrusion results in corruption or loss of data.

(v). Harassing others by 'mail-bombing'. 'Mail-bombing' constitutes sending more than ten (10) similar mail messages to the same e-mail address.

(vi). Forging any message header, in part or whole, of any electronic transmission, originating or passing through CoreShells services.

(vii). Distributing viruses to or from CoreShells systems.

Simply put, we ask that you use your account for the purposes of hosting a non-adult oriented, legal website.

3. Trademarks & Copyrights

Client warrants that it has the right to use the applicable trademarks, if any, and grants CoreShells the right to use such trademarks in connection with CoreShells' Network's service.

Client agrees not to modify any copyright notices in features (Perl programs, etc.) provided by CoreShells. Modification of scripts provided by CoreShells without written permission is strictly prohibited.

4. Etiquette and Policies (spam etc)

Spamming is the sending of unsolicited e-mail, regardless of size or volume, to persons the sender does not know or have prior consent to send the message to. Using fictitious e-mail addresses @CoreShells.net, or @CoreShellshosting.com or any domain name hosted with CoreShells is strictly forbidden. Spamming also includes sending unsolicited advertisements to numerous email addresses or newsgroups and/or generating a significantly higher volume of outgoing email than a normal user. A violation of this policy extends to clients who send unsolicited e-mail from a domain name not affiliated or hosted with CoreShells but the mail message makes mention of a website hosted with CoreShells.

We take a zero tolerance stance against sending of unsolicited e-mail, bulk emailing, and spam. "Safe lists" and purchased lists will be treated as spam. Any user who sends out spam will have their account terminated with or without notice.

CoreShells allows clients to send mailings to subscribers of their own mailing list. Such mailings must have explicit instructions to the recipient on how to remove his/her name from the list, and all requests to do so must be honored immediately. Client agrees not to send mailings to lists provided by an outside agency or individual. Client further agrees not to provide mailing list services to others. Due to the nature of a shared-server environment, CoreShells requests that mailing lists be sent during non-peak hours, specifically between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am, Central Time (U.S.A). CoreShells reserves the right to terminate a client's mailing program, whether provided by CoreShells or not, immediately and without notification to client if said list causes a problem with the e-mail services of other clients. CoreShells also reserves the right to forbid a client from utilizing any mail-sending program that jeopardizes the mail services of other clients.

Trolling, the posting of outrageous messages to generate numerous responses, is also not allowed. Mailbombing, the sending of multiple messages without significant new content to the same user and/or subscribing someone else to a mailing list without that person's permission, cross-posting articles to an excessive number of newsgroups, or attempting without authorization to enter into a secured computer system is strictly forbidden. CoreShells reserves the right to determine what constitutes abuse of this policy. Clients whose accounts are found in violation of this policy may, at the discretion of CoreShells, have their account(s) terminated without notice and are subject to a maximum $500 clean-up/disconnection fee.

5. Backups and Data Loss

Your use of this service is at your sole risk. Our backup service is provided to you as a courtesy. CoreShells is not responsible for files and/or data residing on your account. You agree to take full responsibility for files and data transferred and to maintain all appropriate backup of files and data stored on CoreShells servers.

6. Transfers

Our transfers team will make every effort to help you move your site to us. However, transfers are provided as a courtesy service, and we can not make guarantees regarding the availability, possibility, or time required to complete an account transfer. Each hosting company is configured differently, and some hosting platforms save data in an incompatible or proprietary format, which may make it extremely difficult if not impossible to migrate some or all account data. We will try our best, but in some cases we may be unable to assist you in a transfer of data from an old host.

7. Excessive CPU/Memory Usage

Client agrees to take all responsibility for all programs including CGI/PHP/ASP/ASPX scripts executed under their account. Client may not Use 25% or more of system resources for longer then 90 seconds. There are numerous activities that could cause such problems; these include: CGI scripts, FTP, PHP, HTTP, etc. Client agrees and understands that such excessive use can have an adverse effect on the performance of the webserver. Client agrees to accept responsibility for programs executed under his/her account, regardless of who authored the program. The use of cgi or php chat scripts or pages is strictly prohibited. CoreShells provides an acceptable chat programs for clients with Unix Standard + accounts at no charge. CoreShells reserves the right to suspend accounts without notice to clients who violate these terms. CoreShells has sole discretion over what constitutes excessive usage.

Programs provided by CoreShells as an installable feature are not exempt from this policy. While every efforts is made on CoreShells' end to ensure the program it provides are efficient, problems with excessive usage on particular programs may occur.

8. Limited Liability

a. Client expressly agrees that use of CoreShells' Network's Server is at Client's sole risk. Neither CoreShells, its employees, agents, resellers, third party information providers, merchants licensers or the like, warrant that CoreShells'? Server service will not be interrupted or be error free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that might be obtained from the use of the Server service or as to the accuracy, or reliability of any information service or merchandise contained in or provided through the CoreShells Server service, unless otherwise expressly stated in this Agreement. Out 99% uptime guaranty only covers the amount that was pad for the services.?

b. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall CoreShells, its offices, agents or any one else involved in creating, or distributing CoreShells'? Server service be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of or inability to use the CoreShells Server service; or that results from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission or any failure of performance, whether or not limited to acts of God, communication failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to CoreShells'? records, programs or services. Client hereby acknowledges that this paragraph shall apply to all content on CoreShells' Servers.

9. CoreShells' Right to Change Service

CoreShells reserves to right to change without notice the CoreShells service, including, but not limited to, hours of operation, menu structures, commands, documentation and vendors.

10. CoreShells' Right to Modify its Acceptable Use Policies

CoreShells may at any time, revise the Acceptable Uses Policy with/without advanced notice given to clients.

11. Warranties/Disclaimers

CoreShells Internet service is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. No warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, those of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are made with respect to CoreShells or any information or software therein. You release CoreShells from and CoreShells shall have no liability or responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages suffered by you in connection with your use of or inability to use CoreShells services including, but not limited to, damages from loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, miss-deliveries, or service interruptions, or due to inadvertent release or disclosure of information sent by you even if the same is caused by CoreShells' own negligence. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, CoreShells disclaims to the full extent permitted by applicable law any responsibility for (and under no circumstances shall be liable for) any conduct, content, goods and services available on or through the Internet or the CoreShells services. In no event shall CoreShells aggregate liability exceed the amount paid by you to CoreShells for the CoreShells services. Use of any information obtained via CoreShells Internet service is at the user's own risk. CoreShells specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

12. Indemnification

Client agrees that it shall defend, indemnify, save and hold CoreShells harmless from any demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims, including reasonable attorneys' fees, ("Liabilities") asserted against CoreShells, its agents, its customers, servants officers and employees, that may arise or result from any service provided or performed or agreed to be performed or any product sold by Client, its agents, employees or assigns. Client agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless CoreShells against Liabilities arising out of

a. any injury to person or property caused by any products sold or otherwise distributed in connection with CoreShells' Network's Server;

b. any material supplied by Client infringing or allegedly infringing on the proprietary rights of a third party;

c. copyright infringement and

d. any defective product which Client sold on CoreShells Server.