Acceptable Use Policy

 


Acceptable Use Policy
(AUP)
OWNED-NETWORKS is dedicated to providing quality service at an affordable price. The conditions which follow are necessary to ensure that we may continue to provide the best possible service to all of our customers while complying with our legal and ethical responsibilities.
Failure to follow any condition will be grounds for immediate account deactivation without notice. OWNED-NETWORKS will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of any of these provisions.
Activity which results in the suspension or deactivation of an account will result in a forfeiture of all fees paid. Complaints made regarding abuses of an account will be investigated and if found guilty will be grounds for immediate suspension.
To report suspected abuses or any violations of these policies, please contact management.
Illegal Usage
OWNED-NETWORKS servers may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or distribution of any information, data or material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is completely prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, 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. Examples of non-acceptable content or links: Pirated software, Hackers programs or archives, Warez sites, MP3, and IRC bots. Any type of forum/discussion board discussing where to obtain such files or one that distributes the files is also prohibited. The subscriber to OWNED-NETWORKS service agrees to indemnify and hold harmless OWNED-NETWORKS from any claims resulting from the use of the service that damages the subscriber or any other party. OWNED-NETWORKS will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.
Illegal Content
OWNED-NETWORKS does not allow background Daemons such as IRC bots; eggdrop; BitchX; XiRCON; and any other program that interferes with normal server operation. No warez is allowed. Web proxies are not tolerated. This includes NPH-Proxy, and web proxy. If your site is found to hold any proxy files, your account will be suspended and the account holder will be need to pay a fee of $50USD. When using an account with shell, you are not allowed to run ANY servers or services on the OWNED-NETWORKS network. Servers are defined as perlbots, proxies, BitchX, psyBnc, root exploits, DDoS scripts, etc. Running any of these will face an immediate suspension, and users will be subject to a fine no less than $250.00 USD, and no more than $500.00 USD. OWNED-NETWORKS reserves the right to terminate an account for these activities also.
Software Distribution
OWNED-NETWORKS’s web hosting accounts are not to be used for the purposes of distributing software and multimedia products. If you wish to distribute software and/or multimedia files, please contact our sales department for a special arrangement.
File Usage and Storage
OWNED-NETWORKS cPanel web hosting accounts are not to be used for the purposes of distributing and/or storing an unusual amount of files. This is a web hosting service not a remote file storage service. Any web site whose disk space usage for storing the files exceed 70% of its total usage, either in terms of total size or number of files, will be deemed to be using unusual amount of files. At that point, if we find that those files are illegal or harmful in any way, you will be notified. If you do not have any negative intentions such as causing harm to our server or to others with the files you keep, then you have nothing to worry about. You may sign up for a VPS or dedicated to use as a storage service without these restrictions.
IRC
OWNED-NETWORKS does not allow IRC or IRC bots to be operated on our shared or reseller servers. They are allowed on dedicated servers provided that no negative effects occur to our network.
Security
Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of the OWNED-NETWORKS Network. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. OWNED-NETWORKS will investigate occurrences, which may involve cooperation with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who are involved in such violations. These violations include, without limitation:
1) Accessing data not intended for such user or logging into a server or account, which such user is not authorized to access,
2) Attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization,
3) Attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, via means of overloading, “flooding”, “mail bombing” or “crashing”,
4) Forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or forum posting,
5) Taking any action in order to obtain services to which such User is not entitled,
6) Attempting to couple many hosting packages together to take advantage of massive space or bandwidth allocations,
Each hosting package purchased is unique to a domain name and use - you are not allowed to purchase multiple plans to obtain combined bandwidth & space. OWNED-NETWORKS will stop such transactions and label them as deceptive. We have an upgrade path for all services and we can often times work out special deals for users if they ask us for the assistance.
Violations of system or network security are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: Unauthorized access, use, probe, or scan of a systems security or authentication measures, data or traffic. Interference with service to any user, host or network including, without limitation, mail bombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks. Forging of any TCP-IP packet header or any part of the header information in an email or a newsgroup posting.
Server Abuse
Any attempts to undermine or cause harm to an OWNED-NETWORKS server or customer of OWNED-NETWORKS is strictly prohibited. Any sub-networks of OWNED-NETWORKS and dedicated servers must adhere to our policies. The failure to meet or follow any of the above guidelines are grounds for account deactivation. We reserve the right to remove any account without prior notice.
Responsibility
The client is responsible for all activity originating from the account unless proven to be a victim of outside hacking or address forgery. The client is responsible for securing their username/password. The client assumes responsibility for all material on their site that may be put on by a third party (such as the usage of Free For All links pages). Use of OWNED-NETWORKS’ service requires a certain level of knowledge in the use of Internet languages, protocols, and software. This level of knowledge varies depending on the anticipated use and desired content of the web space by the client. The following examples are offered: Web Publishing: requires knowledge of HTML, properly locating and linking documents, FTPing Web contents, Graphics, text, sound, image mapping, etc. FrontPage web publishing: knowledge of the FrontPage tools as well as Telnet and FTP understanding and capability. CGI-Scripts: requires a knowledge of the UNIX environment, TAR & GUNZIP commands, Perl, CShell scripts, permissions, etc. Mail: a use of mail clients to receive and send mail, etc. The client agrees that he or she has the necessary knowledge to create and maintain their web space. Client agrees that it is not the responsibility of OWNED-NETWORKS to provide this knowledge or support outside matter specific to OWNED-NETWORKS servers.
Backups
OWNED-NETWORKS takes extreme steps to maintain system integrity. However, OWNED-NETWORKS shall not be held responsible for loss of data due to any cause. To ensure the highest level of data protection, OWNED-NETWORKS recommends that ALL information be backed up on your own computer. As with any data that you hold a high importance to, it should be in more than one location at all times. All OWNED-NETWORKS data backups are designed against hardware failure not customer user error.
Actions
The failure by a customer to meet or follow any of our policies/terms is grounds for account deactivation. OWNED-NETWORKS will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of the AUP. OWNED-NETWORKS reserves the right to remove any account without prior notice.
When OWNED-NETWORKS becomes aware of an alleged violation of its AUP, OWNED-NETWORKS will initiate an investigation. During the investigation, OWNED-NETWORKS may restrict a customer’s access in order to prevent further potentially unauthorized activity. Depending on the severity of the violation, OWNED-NETWORKS may, at its sole discretion, restrict, suspend, or terminate a customer’s web hosting account and/or pursue other civil remedies. If such violation is a criminal offense, OWNED-NETWORKS will notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities of such violation.
OWNED-NETWORKS does not issue credits for outages incurred through service disablement resulting from AUP violations.
OWNED-NETWORKS customers agree to indemnify and hold harmless OWNED-NETWORKS from any claims resulting from the use of our services that damages them or any other party. The OWNED-NETWORKS service is provided on an as is, as available basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. OWNED-NETWORKS expressly disclaims any representation or warranty that the OWNED-NETWORKS service will be error-free, secure or uninterrupted. No oral advice or written information given by OWNED-NETWORKS, its employees, licensors or the like, will create a warranty; nor may you rely on any such information or advice. OWNED-NETWORKS and its partners and suppliers will not be liable for any cost or damage arising either directly or indirectly from any transaction or use of the service.
Modification
OWNED-NETWORKS reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any provision of this policy at any time without notice.
Refusal of Service
We reserve the right to refuse, cancel, or suspend service at our sole discretion. An example of refusal of service is if an account continues to abuse our policies after warnings. Refusal, cancellation or suspension of services especially holds true to issues with spam or any abuse script. Another example of refusal of service is if a customer becomes very unreasonable, unprofessional, extremely difficult to work with or threatening. Said customer’s account will be suspended and we will recommend to the customer to find a new host. A backup of the account(s) will be provided.
VPS Resource Usage
VPS Hosting customers should not use a full CPU core or more for a long period of time, if other clients are impacted or the performance of the node is degraded the VPS in question may be rebooted, shutdown or even suspended; we typically provide a warning prior to taking action but this may not be possible every time.
Resource Abuse Policy (RAP)
Any website on our shared servers that uses a high amount of server resources (CPU, memory usage, and network resources) will be given an option to pay for a dedicated server. The abuse and misuse of system resources is a serious problem, and OWNED-NETWORKS does not tolerate it. Accounts on a shared server must be shared with other users, so we must limit how much of the CPU and memory that can be used by any one account.
In all fairness, we cannot allow one or two clients to use all of the system resources on a shared machine and have all other clients suffer because of it. Excessive CPU & memory usage by one or more clients causes extreme slowness in all areas: MySQL, Email, HTTP and more. If the CPU & memory usage by a few clients gets out of hand, all sites hosted on the machine will return errors and not be accessible in any way.
Average Server Resource Limits (Per cPanel Account)
# Memory usage may not exceed 30% per domain/file/application
# CPU usage may not exceed 30% per domain/file/application
# Apache connections may not exceed 80-100 connections
# 100-150 MySQL maximum user connections allowed
# 350 emails per hour, per domain
Please note that, our SRL (Server Resource Limit) allowance is very generous.
There are special exceptions to these rules to be determined at the time we discover abuse. There are different combinations of usage that can create problems and other special cases. At any given time a server is unstable and an account is found to be the cause, we reserve the right to suspend the account to keep the server online and operating normally. If the usage is an increasing trend, we recommend that the user invests in a dedicated server so the website can grow at a normal rate without restriction.

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