Fluid Hosting Acceptable Use Policy
The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use
of web hosting, dedicated server, colocation service and network connectivity
at Fluid Hosting. These rules are in place to protect Fluid Hosting and its
customers. Inappropriate use exposes Fluid Hosting to risks including virus
attacks, compromise of network systems and services, and legal issues.
2. Unacceptable Use
The following activities are, in general, prohibited. Under
no circumstances is the customer authorized to engage in any activity that
is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while utilizing
Fluid Hosting-owned resources, including but not limited to Fluid Hosting's
servers, customer's colocated servers while residing on Fluid Hosting's facility
and Fluid Hosting's network.
Fluid Hosting will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes
as unacceptable use. If in doubt, please contact Fluid Hosting before proceeding.
The lists below are by no means exhaustive, but attempt to
provide a framework for activities which fall into the category of unacceptable
The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:
Copyrighted Materials and Content
Violations of the rights of any person or company protected by copyright,
trade secret, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or
regulations, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution
of "pirated" or other software products that are not appropriately
licensed for use by the customer.
Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited
to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books
or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, and the installation
of any copyrighted software for which the customer or the end user does
not have an active license is strictly prohibited.
Exporting software, technical information, encryption software or
technology, in violation of international or regional export control laws,
Storing or distributing adult-related material.
System and Network Activities
Introduction of malicious programs into the network or server (e.g.,
viruses, worms, Trojan horses, e-mail bombs, etc.).
Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your
account by others that are not a direct member of your company.
This includes family and other household members when work is being
done at home.
Using a Fluid Hosting computing asset to actively engage in procuring
or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or
hostile workplace laws in the user's local jurisdiction.
Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from
any Fluid Hosting's server or network.
Effecting security breaches or disruptions of network communication.
Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which
the customer is not an intended recipient or logging into a server or
account that the customer is not expressly authorized to access.
For purposes of this section, "disruption" includes, but is not
limited to, network sniffing, pinged floods, packet spoofing, denial of
service, and forged routing information for malicious purposes.
Port scanning or security scanning is expressly prohibited unless prior
notification to Fluid Hosting is made.
Executing any form of network monitoring which will intercept data not
intended for the customer's account/host.
Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network or
Interfering with or denying service to any user other than the customer's
account/host (for example, denial of service attack).
Using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind,
with the intent to interfere with, or disable, a user's terminal session,
via any means, locally or via the Internet.
Running any IRC related scripts or programs, including but not limited
to eggdrop, bnc, ircdaemon and irc bot.
Running any process / daemon / service in the background on Fluid
Hosting's shared server without prior Fluid Hosting's approval.
On Fluid Hosting's shared server, running CGI or server-side scripts or
programs, intentionally or otherwise using excessive amount of system
resources or causing degradation of server performance. Any such
process will be terminated without prior warning or notice. Fluid
Hosting will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes excessive use
of system resources and degraded server performance.
Accessing system files or files that do not belong to the customer.
Email and Communications Activities
Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of "junk
mail" or other advertising material to individuals who did not
specifically request such material (email spam).
Any form of harassment via email, telephone or paging, whether through
language, frequency, or size of messages.
Unauthorized use, or forging, of email header information.
Solicitation of email for any other email address, other than that of
the poster's account, with the intent to harass or to collect replies.
Creating or forwarding "chain letters", "Ponzi" or
other "pyramid" schemes of any type.
Use of unsolicited email originating from within Fluid Hosting's networks
or other Internet service providers on behalf of, or to advertise, any
service hosted by Fluid Hosting or connected via Fluid Hosting's network.
Posting the same or similar non-business-related messages to large
numbers of Usenet newsgroups (newsgroup spam).
Unprofessional, hostile, and abusive conducts towards our staff and other customers.
Fluid Hosting reserves the right to suspend or terminate without
warning or notice, the account and services to any customer found
to have violated this policy. Furthermore, the customer may be
liable for a penalty of $500 minimum.
Spam Unauthorized and/or unsolicited electronic mass mailings.
AUP::rev 2.0, February 12th, 2002