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RIPCO ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
1) Responsibility for Actions
2) Disconnection for Violation
3) Illegal Activities
4) Blocking or Filtering of Communications
5) Residential Service
6) Acceptable Use
7) System and Network Security
8) Bandwidth, Data Storage, and Other Limitations
9) Right to Damages
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1) Responsibility for Actions
The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the services obtained from Ripco are used in an appropriate manner by their Users (if any). Indirect or attempted violations of these policies by the Customer or the Customer's User, or actual or attempted violations initiated or undertaken by a third party on behalf of a Ripco Customer or that Customer's User, shall be treated by Ripco as if they were direct violations of this policy document undertaken by the Customer. The Customer is solely responsible for the security of any device connected to the Ripco service from their location, including any data stored on that device. In particular, Ripco recommends against enabling file or printer sharing of any sort. Ripco recommends that any files or services you do choose to make available for remote
access be protected with a secure password or as otherwise appropriate.
Disconnection for Violation
In some cases, Ripco personnel have the option to immediately disconnect or otherwise disable any Customer or User account in order to forestall further abuse or damage. Should this occur, the Customer shall be notified as soon as possible.
Services offered 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, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other
intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws. Ripco's Interim Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement, required under provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c), may be requested by contacting our legal department at (773)477-6210. Ripco reserves the right to cooperate with law enforcement and other legal authorities in investigating claims of illegal activity. Ripco will not release any information regarding our Customers (excepting that which is already public knowledge) to any third party without the Customer's knowledge, except upon presentation of a valid court order. The Customer agrees that Ripco's judgment as to the validity of any such order shall be considered proper and final.
Blocking or Filtering of Communications
As owner or leaseholder of the equipment and other resources utilized to provide services, Ripco has the legal right to block electronic communications from entering our network at any point. Customers and Users should be aware that such blocking or filtering may take place if deemed necessary by designated members of Ripco staff, or by a third party chosen by Ripco and made known to the Customer. Whenever possible, the party being blocked or filtered will be made aware of such action before it occurs. However, Ripco is under no obligation to do so, or to divulge the specifics of its blocking or filtering configuration to any party.
5) Residential Service
Where Ripco is provided as a residential service. No unauthorized commercial use will be allowed. This includes but is not limited to the hosting of web pages or other services for commercial purposes (whether incorporated or not), or to solicit monetary contributions of any type.
Any Ripco Customer or User who sends or causes to be sent unsolicited advertisements or solicitations via e-mail, commercial or otherwise, may have their account disabled and be disallowed further service. Likewise, e-mail sent which refers to e-mail addresses, web pages, or other services hosted by Ripco or by servers on Ripco's network shall be treated as described above. Any Ripco Customer or User who sends or causes to be sent inappropriate messages (as defined by local mores) on Usenet, Usenet-like networks, or other distributed "message boards" may have their access to that network or board disabled, or may have their account disabled and be disallowed further service. Willful disruption of the accepted purpose of other services, such as Internet Relay Chat, web-based discussion groups, the various instant messaging formats, networked games, or any other such application shall be dealt with in a manner similar to that of other forms of abuse described in this document.
System and Network Security
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability as described above. Examples of 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, deliberate attempts to overload a system or network; Forging of any IP packet header or similar data construct.
Bandwidth, Data Storage, and Other Limitations
Users must comply with the then current bandwidth, data storage and other limitations on the Services. Users must ensure that their activity does not improperly restrict, inhibit, or degrade any other user's use of the Ripco service, nor represent (in the sole judgment of Ripco) an unusually large burden on the network itself.
In addition, users must ensure that their activity does not improperly restrict, inhibit, disrupt, degrade or impede Ripco's ability to deliver the Services and monitor the Services, backbone, network nodes, and/or other network services. Ripco customers may not resell, share, or otherwise distribute the Services or any portion thereof to any third party without the written consent of Ripco. Although Ripco has no obligation to monitor the Services and/or the network, Ripco reserves the right to monitor bandwidth usage; to identify violations of this Policy; and/or to protect the network and Ripco users.
Right to Damages
Ripco considers most instances of network abuse to be a theft of services and reserves the right to prosecute originators of same in a court of law. Ripco also reserves the right to collect damages (software, hardware, facilities, and man hours) if any harm is done to our network or our equipment that requires repair or reconfiguration of any kind. If deemed appropriate by Ripco, the Customer will be billed not less than $500 per individual abuse (or complaint received by Ripco staff in response to abusive activities) undertaken by the Customer or by one of the Customer's Users. In cases of electronic mail, Usenet, or similar activities, each message transmitted shall be considered an individual abuse for the purposes of this portion of the Policy. In addition, Ripco reserves the right to collect further punitive damages in recompense for any perceived loss of brand reputation. Nothing contained in this document shall be construed to limit action Ripco may take or remedies available to us in any way with respect to any of the described conduct. Ripco reserves the right to take any additional actions we may consider appropriate with respect to such conduct, including without limitation taking action to recover costs and expenses of identifying offenders and removing them from our network or systems, and levying cancellation charges to cover costs in the event of disconnection for the causes outlined in this document. In addition, Ripco reserves at all times all rights and remedies available to us with respect to such conduct at law or in equity. The provisions of this policy shall apply to data stored on equipment owned and/or maintained by Ripco, and to that stored on equipment which is not owned by Ripco, yet still utilizes Ripco equipment or services for its Internet connectivity. Non-enforcement of any policy or rule herein does not constitute consent or waiver, and Ripco reserves the right to enforce such policy or rule at its sole discretion.