Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)


This CyteShoppe Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") describes the proper kinds of conduct and prohibited use of CyteShoppe’s hosting services (the "Services"). This AUP is not exhaustive and CyteShoppe reserves the right to modify this AUP at any time, effective upon posting of the modified AUP at http://www.cyteshoppe.com/aup. By registering for and using the Services, and thereby accepting the terms and conditions of this AUP, you agree to abide by these conditions as modified from time to time. Any violation of the AUP may result in the suspension or termination of your account or such other action as CyteShoppe deems appropriate.

Interpretation

The provisions of this Policy are intended as guidelines and are not meant to be exhaustive. Generally, conduct that violates law, regulation, or the accepted norms of the Internet community, whether or not expressly mentioned in this Policy, is prohibited. CyteShoppe reserves the right at all times to prohibit activities that damage its commercial reputation and goodwill.

Server Abuse

Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server, or customer, of CyteShoppe is strictly prohibited.

Unauthorized use of other people's accounts or computers: CyteShoppe will strongly react to any use or attempted use of an Internet account or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include "Internet scamming" (tricking other people into releasing their passwords), password robbery, security hole scanning etc.

Any unauthorized use of accounts or computers by a CyteShoppe customer, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to CyteShoppe, will result in action against the attacker. Possible actions include warnings, account suspension or cancellation, and civil or criminal legal action, depending on the seriousness of the attack.

IMPORTANT NOTE - CyteShoppe has the right to discontinue service, or deny access to anyone who violates our Policies or the terms and conditions shown below WITHOUT WARNING OR PRIOR NOTICE. No refunds of fees paid will be made if account termination is due to violation of the terms outlined below. No files located on the offending account will be retrievable.

Customers may not run IRC, bots or clients on shared servers. Unacceptable uses also include, but are NOT limited to: Bulk emailing, unsolicited e-mailing's, newsgroup spamming, illegal content, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, warez, cracks, software serial numbers, and/or anything else determined by CyteShoppe to be unacceptable use of CyteShoppe's services including abuse of server resources.

All hosting accounts may be terminated that include the following content or which have links to the following content:

  • Providing material that is grossly offensive to the Web community including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism or hatred.
  • Promoting or providing instructional information about illegal activities, or promoting physical harm or injury against any group or individual.
  • Displaying material that exploits children under 18 years of age.
  • Acts of copyright infringement including offering pirated computer programs or links to such programs, information used to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, including serial or registration numbers for software programs, or any type of cracker utilities.

Bandwidth Traffic

Each plan with CyteShoppe with a pre determined bandwidth usage amount. In the event that your account exceeds the bandwidth limitations included with your account you will be billed at the amount specified in the account details.

You will receive a notice detailing any bandwidth overage.

You will have 7 days to visit your control panel to pay for your overages. If you do not pay for your overages your site will be disabled within 7 days of your first notice.

CGI Scripts

Each shared Unix web hosting account comes with its own cgi-bin, in which you are free to use any* CGI scripts you wish. All CGI scripts (Perl scripts with a .pl or .cgi extension) intended for use on shared Windows 2000 web hosting accounts are subject to approval by our NT Administrators.

*See the Server Resource Abuse section.

Chat Rooms

We do not allow clients to install their own chat rooms within a shared hosting account, without approving it with the CyteShoppe Support Team. Most chat rooms tend to be large system hogs and we cannot allow it as an account option. However, we do provide a choice of Java chat rooms for a small extra charge that will more than fill your needs and run without hindering the performance of the machine for others.

Note: Parachat chat rooms do not apply to this rule. They are perfectly fine to install.

Abuse of SMTP Mail Server

We do not allow clients to send more than 2000 pieces of e-mail per day from a shared hosting account. If you do send more than 2000 pieces of e-mail per day, your account will be placed on hold for Network Abuse. If you are sending legitimate e-mails and they total more than 2000 per day your account will be moved to a special server that is specifically designed to handle high volumes of e-mail. You will be charged $60.00/month in addition to your regular hosting charges if your account is moved to this server. Please contact sales@cyteshoppe.com to have your domain moved.

Background Running Programs

We may allow programs to run continually in the background. These are considered on a one-to-one basis and an extra charge will be incurred based on system resources used and operational maintenance needed.

IRC

We currently do not allow IRC IRC clients or IRC bots to be operated on any of our servers. In addition, IRC servers are not permitted on our network. Anyone found to be in violation of this policy risks immediate account termination.

Excessive Use/Overages

You will not exceed the bandwidth, storage and E-mail usage limits outlined by your particular web hosting package. If you use any bandwidth or storage space in excess of the agreed upon number of megabytes per month or if you exceed E-Mail storage and attachment size limitations, CyteShoppe may, in its sole discretion, assess you with additional charges. If CyteShoppe elects to take any corrective action, CyteShoppe will not refund any unused pre-paid fees. Your use of your account and access to it is your responsibility. You are responsible for any unauthorized access to your account resulting in bandwidth, storage and/or E-mail usage exceeding the limits outlined in your particular web hosting package specifications and resultant charges. Bandwidth overages are currently billed at $2.75/GB/month. Disk space overages are currently billed at $.15/MB/month disk space. Email attachments overages are currently billed at $.10 per email over 10MB.

Intellectual Property Rights

Material accessible to you through CyteShoppe's services may be subject to protection under the United States, Canada, or other copyright laws, or laws protecting trademarks, trade secrets or proprietary information. Except when expressly permitted by the owner of such rights, you must not use CyteShoppe or its servers and network in a manner that would infringe, violate, dilute or misappropriate any such rights, with respect to any material, which you access or receive through the CyteShoppe network. If you use a domain name in connection with CyteShoppe or similar service, you must not use that domain name in violation of any trademark, service mark, or similar rights of any third party.

Network Security

Customers may not use the CyteShoppe network with an attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for the customer, logging into a server or account the customer is not expressly authorized to access, password cracking, probing the security of other networks in search of weakness, or violation of any other organization's security policy. Customers may not attempt to interfere or deny service to any user, host, or network. This includes, but is not limited to, flooding, mail bombing, or other deliberate attempts to overload or crash a host or network. CyteShoppe will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations. Users who violate system or network security may incur criminal or civil liability. You are solely responsible for any security breaches affecting servers or accounts under your control. If your server or web site is responsible for or involved in an attack on or unauthorized access into another server or system, CyteShoppe will shut it down immediately. You will pay any charges resulting from the cost to correct security breaches affecting CyteShoppe or any of its other customers.

Electronic Commerce

You will be solely responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of your online store and products and all contents and materials appearing online or on your products, including without limitation (a) the accuracy and appropriateness of content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products, (b) ensuring that the content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products do not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, and (c) ensuring that the content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products are not libelous or otherwise illegal. You will be solely responsible for the final calculation and application of shipping and sales tax. You will also be solely responsible for accepting, processing, and filling any customer orders, and for handling any customer inquiries or complaints arising there from.

You are also responsible for the security of any customer credit card numbers and related customer information you may access as a result of conducting electronic commerce transactions through your Web Site. You will keep all such information confidential and will use the same degree of care and security as you use with your confidential information.

Static / Dynamic Content Caching

You expressly (i) grant to CyteShoppe a license to cache the entirety of your Web Site, including content supplied by third parties, hosted by CyteShoppe under this Agreement and (ii) agree that such caching is not an infringement of any of your intellectual property rights or any third party's intellectual property rights.

IP Address Ownership and Usage

CyteShoppe shall maintain and control ownership of all IP numbers and addresses that may be assigned to you by CyteShoppe and CyteShoppe reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to change or remove any and all such IP numbers and addresses.

IP Address usage must be justifiable, as per ARIN guidelines. Justifiable uses are listed below:

  • SSL Encryption
  • Virtual FTP server
  • Anonymous FTP server.

Copyright Infringement

DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement on the CyteShoppe system or Web site should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED SOLELY FOR NOTIFYING CyteShoppe THAT YOUR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MAY HAVE BEEN INFRINGED.

WE CAUTION YOU THAT UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY CIVIL PENALTIES. THESE INCLUDE MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER'S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.

WRITTEN NOTIFICATION REGARDING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO:

CyteShoppe
Attn.: Mauricio Mendoza
P O Box 23591
Brooklyn, NY 11202
USA

Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following:

  1. Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed or a representative list if multiple works are involved.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing that should be removed or access to disabled and information reasonably sufficient to enable the online service provider to locate the material (usually a URL to the relevant page).
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to allow the online service provider to contact the complaining party (address, phone number, e-mail address).
  5. Statement that the complaining party has "a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law."
  6. Statement that the information in the notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Lawful Purpose

CyteShoppe reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Customers may only use CyteShoppe servers for lawful purpose. Transmission of any material in violation of any Federal, State, Provincial or Local regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material, material legally judged to be threatening or obscene, and material protected by trade secrets. The designation of any materials as such described above is left entirely to the discretion of CyteShoppe management. Regardless of the place of signing this agreement, the client agrees that for purposes of venue and jurisdiction this contract was entered into and performed in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY, and any dispute will be litigated or arbitrated in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY. Customer further waives all objections to venue or jurisdiction and acknowledges that venue and jurisdiction in any such litigation will be held in Shelburne County Courts. IN NO EVENT SHALL CYTESHOPPE’S MAXIMUM LIABILITY EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS.

Indemnification

CUSTOMER AGREES THAT IT SHALL DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, SAVE AND HOLD CyteShoppe HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL DEMANDS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, COSTS AND CLAIMS, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES ASSERTED AGAINST CYTESHOPPE, ITS AGENTS, ITS CUSTOMERS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, THAT MAY ARISE OR RESULT FROM ANY SERVICE PROVIDED OR PERFORMED OR AGREED TO BE PERFORMED OR ANY PRODUCT SOLD BY CUSTOMER, IT'S AGENTS, EMPLOYEES OR ASSIGNS. CUSTOMER AGREES TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS CYTESHOPPE AGAINST LIABILITIES ARISING OUT OF; (1) ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY CAUSED BY ANY PRODUCTS SOLD OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED IN CONNECTION WITH CYTESHOPPE'S SERVER; (2) ANY MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY CUSTOMER INFRINGING OR ALLEGEDLY INFRINGING ON THE PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF A THIRD PARTY; ( 3) COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND (4) ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS SOLD TO CUSTOMER FROM CYTESHOPPE'S SERVER.

Disclaimer

CyteShoppe WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES YOUR BUSINESS MAY SUFFER. CyteShoppe MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED FOR SERVICES WE PROVIDE. CyteShoppe DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THIS INCLUDES LOSS OF DATA RESULTING FROM DELAYS, NON-DELIVERIES, WRONG DELIVERY, AND ANY AND ALL SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS CAUSED BY CyteShoppe AND ITS EMPLOYEES. CyteShoppe RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE ITS POLICIES AT ANY TIME.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY TERM OR CONDITION WILL BE GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE ACCOUNT DEACTIVATION.

THREATS/ABUSE AGAINST THE NAME, SERVERS, AND ALL THEREIN, OF CyteShoppe SHALL BE DEALT WITH TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW, THIS INCLUDES PACKAGE CLONING, NAME CLONING, WRONGFUL SUGGESTED AFFILIATION, MISLEADING MENTION OF AFFILIATION, IMAGE CLONING/STEALING, HTML CODE CLONING/STEALING.

Modification

CYTESHOPPE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADD, DELETE, OR MODIFY ANY PROVISION OF THIS POLICY AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. REPORTING NETWORK ABUSE ANY PARTY SEEKING TO REPORT ANY VIOLATIONS CYTESHOPPE’S POLICY MAY CONTACT VIA E-MAIL: ABUSE@CYTESHOPPE.COM.