ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
CommunityStew (CStew)’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is intended to help enhance the use of CStew’s services and websites by preventing unacceptable use. All users of CStew’s services (the “Services”)—all end users who subscribe to the Services (“Customers”) as well as to their participating members and others who access their sites from time to time (“Users”)—must comply with this AUP.
We support the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet and do not actively monitor use of the Services under normal circumstances. Similarly, we do not exercise editorial control over the content of any Web site, electronic mail transmission, or other material created or accessible over or through the Services. However, in accordance with our User Agreement, we may remove any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject us to liability, or which may violate this AUP. CStew may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong. Your violation of this AUP may result in the suspension or termination of either your access to the Services and/or your CStew account or other actions as detailed in Section 3. This AUP should be read in conjunction with our User Agreement and other policies.
2. VIOLATIONS OF CSTEW’S ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The following constitute violations of this AUP:
a. Illegal use. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that, intentionally or unintentionally, violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder.
b. Harm to minors or animals. Using the Services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors or animals in any way.
c. Threats. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or encourages bodily harm or destruction of property.
d. Harassment. Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another.
e. Fraudulent activity. Using the Services to making fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services or to advance any type of financial scam such as “pyramid schemes,” “ponzi schemes,” and “chain letters.”
f. Forgery or impersonation. Adding, removing or modifying identifying information in an effort to deceive or mislead, attempting to impersonate any person or organization by using forged identifying information, and the creation of false or misleading organization information or address book entries.
g. Unsolicited commercial email/ Unsolicited bulk email. Using the Services to transmit any unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email, except as is consistent with legitimate organizational activities of CStew Customers.
h. Unauthorized access. Using the Services to access, or to attempt to access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security measures of CStew’s or another entity’s computer software or hardware, electronic communications system, or telecommunications system, whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption or loss of data.
i. Copyright or
trademark infringement. Using the Services to transmit any material (by
email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that infringes any copyright,
trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party,
including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material,
the digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other
copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software.
j. Collection of personal data. Using the Services to collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties without their knowledge or consent.
k. Reselling the services. Reselling the Services without CStew’s authorization.
l. Network disruptions and unfriendly activity. Using the Service for any activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use CStew Services or the Internet.
m. Customer site standards. Inappropriate postings to Customer sites. CStew Customers and Users should use their best judgment when posting to any Customer site. Many groups have charters, published guidelines, or “community standards” regulating what is and is not considered appropriate.
3. REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF CSTEW’S AUP
CStew requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of this AUP direct the information to Director-Abuse Department, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If available, please provide the following information:
· The IP address used to commit the alleged violation
· The date and time of the alleged violation, including the time zone or offset from GMT
· Evidence of the alleged violation
E-mail with full header information provides all of the above, as do syslog files. Other situations will require different methods of providing the above information.
CStew may take any one or more of the following actions in response to complaints:
· issue warnings: written or verbal
· suspend the Customer’s account
· terminate the Customer’s account
· bill the Customer for administrative costs and/or reactivation charges
· bring legal action to enjoin violations and/or to collect damages, if any, caused by violations.
4. REVISIONS TO THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY