Acceptable Use Policy
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is designed to provide a clear understanding
of the rules, regulations and restrictions regarding the use of Emerson
From time to time Emerson Communications may impose reasonable rules and regulations regarding
the use of its services. The AUPs are not exhaustive and Emerson Communications reserves
the right to modify the AUPs at any time, effective upon either the posting
of the modified AUPs to www.EmersonCommunications.com or notification of the modified
By registering for and using the services, and thereby accepting the
terms and conditions of the Terms of Service Agreement or its equivalent,
you agree to abide by the AUPs as modified from time to time. Any violation
of the AUPs may result in the suspension or termination of your account
or such other action as Emerson Communications deems appropriate. An unlisted activity
may also be a violation of the AUPs if it is illegal, irresponsible,
or disruptive use of the Internet. No credits will be issued for any
interruption in service resulting from policy violations.
OF ANY AUP IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND MAY RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE
TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVE FROM Emerson
Communications. YOU SHALL REMAIN SOLELY LIABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND ANY AND ALL CONTENT THAT YOU DISPLAY,
UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD OR TRANSMIT THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES. "CONTENT" INCLUDES,
WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR E-MAIL, WEB PAGES, PERSONAL HOME PAGES,
AND DOMAIN NAMES. IT IS Emerson Communication's POLICY TO TERMINATE
REPEAT INFRINGERS. Emerson Communications RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE
SERVICE TO ANYONE AT ANY TIME
Customer Security Responsibilities
is solely responsible for any breaches of security affecting servers
under customer control. If a customer's server is involved in an attack
on another server or system, it will be shut down and an immediate
investigation will be launched to determine the cause/source of the
attack. In such event, the customer is responsible for the cost to
rectify any damage done to the customer's server and any other requirement
affected by the security breach. The labor used to rectify any such
damage is categorized as emergency security breach recovery and is
currently charged at $195 USD per hour. Enquiries regarding security
matters may be directed to abuse@EmersonCommunications.com
System And Network Security Violations of system or network security
are prohibited, and may result in criminal and civil liability. Emerson Communications
may investigate incidents involving such violations and may involve and
will cooperate with law enforcement if a criminal violation is suspected.
Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation,
- 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, 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 e-mail or a newsgroup posting.
- High-risk services, which are services which tend to attract denial
of service attacks, are strictly prohibited. This includes, but is
not limited to, IRC related services and selling of shell accounts.
Violators of the policy are responsible, without limitations, for the
cost of labor to clean up and correct any damage done to the operation
of the network and business operations supported by the network, and
to respond to complaints incurred by Emerson Communications. Such labor is categorized
as emergency security breach recovery and is currently charged at $195
USD per hour required. Enquiries regarding security matters may be directed
to abuse@Emerson Communications.com. Emerson Communications is concerned with the privacy of
online communications and web sites. In general, the Internet is neither
more nor less secure than other means of communication, including mail,
facsimile, and voice telephone service, all of which can be intercepted
and otherwise compromised. As a matter of prudence , however, Emerson Communications
urges its customers to assume that all of their online communications
are insecure. Emerson Communications cannot take responsibility for the security
of information transmitted over Emerson Communication's facilities.
The customer is responsible for protecting customer's password and for any
authorized or unauthorized use made of customer's password. The customer will
not use or permit anyone to use Emerson Communication's service to guess passwords or
to access other systems or networks without authorization. Emerson Communications will
fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in the detection and prosecution
of illegal activity.
Customers are responsible for maintaining their contact information
in the ticketing system such that the email address is always reachable
even in the event of their Emerson Communications servers being shut down.
The customer is expected to be familiar with and to practice good Internet
etiquette (Netiquette). The customer will comply with the rules appropriate
to any network to which Emerson Communications may provide access. The customer should
not post, transmit, or permit Internet access to information the customer desires
to keep confidential. The customer is not permitted to post any material that
is illegal, libelous, tortuous, indecently depicts children or is likely to
result in retaliation against Emerson Communications by offended users. Emerson Communications reserves
the right to refuse or terminate service at any time for violation of this
section. This includes advertising services or sites via IRC or USENET in clear
violation of the policies of the IRC channel or USENET group.
Copyright Infringement - Software Piracy Policy
The Emerson Communications network 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, but is not limited to, material protected
by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property
rights. Making unauthorized
copies of software is a violation of the law, no matter how many copies you
are making. If you copy, distribute or install the software in ways that the
license does not allow, you are violating federal copyright law. If caught
with pirated software, you or your company may be liable under both civil and
criminal law, and you may be fined up to $250,000 and/or receive up to 5 years
in jail. In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "DMCA"),
please send DMCA notifications of claimed copyright infringements to abuse@EmersonCommunications.com. Emerson
Communications will cooperate fully with any civil and/or criminal litigation
arising from the violation of this policy.
Network Responsibility Customers have a responsibility to use the Emerson Communications
network responsibly. This includes respecting the other customers of
Emerson Communications. Emerson Communications reserves the right to suspend and or cancel
service with any Customer who uses the Emerson Communications network in such a
way that adversely affects other Emerson Communications customers. This includes
but is not limited to:
- Attacking or attempting to gain unauthorized access to servers and
services that belong to Emerson Communications or its customers (i.e. computer
- Participating in behavior which result in reprisals that adversely
effect the Emerson Communications network or other customers' access to the Emerson Communications
will react strongly to any use or attempted use of an Internet account
or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include,
but are not limited to, "Internet Scanning" (tricking other
people into releasing their passwords), password robbery, security hole
scanning, port scanning, etc. Any unauthorized use of accounts or computers
by a Emerson Communications customer, whether or not the attacked account
or computer belongs to Emerson Communications, will result in severe
action taken against the attacker. Possible actions include warnings,
account suspension or cancellation, and civil or criminal legal action,
depending on the seriousness of the attack. Any attempt to undermine
or cause harm to a server, or customer, of Emerson Communications is
of this policy may be reported directly to the FBI's Infrastructure
Protection & Computer
Intrusion Squad at http://www.fbi.gov/programs/ipcis/ipcis.htm. Emerson
Communications will cooperate fully with any civil and/or criminal
litigation arising from the violation of this policy.
All services may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or
presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any applicable
law, regulation, or AUP is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material or
material protected by trade secret and other statute or
dissemination of harmful or fraudulent content.
Using any Emerson Communications service or product for the purpose of participating
in any activity dealing with subject matters that are prohibited under
applicable law is prohibited.
Any conduct that constitutes harassment, fraud, stalking, abuse, or
a violation of federal export restriction in connection with use of Emerson Communications
services or products is prohibited. Using the Emerson Communications network to
solicit the performance of any illegal activity is also prohibited, even
if the activity itself is not performed. In addition, knowingly receiving
or downloading a file that cannot be legally distributed, even without
the act of distribution, is prohibited.
within Emerson Communications network are open to the public. You are
solely responsible for your usage of the Emerson Communications network
and servers and any statement you make on servers hosted within the
Emerson Communications network may be deemed "publication" of
the information entered. Acknowledging the foregoing, you specifically
agree not to use our service in any manner that is illegal or libelous.
Child Pornography on the Internet
Our policy on child pornography is zero tolerance. Emerson Communications will cooperate
fully with any criminal investigation into a Customer's violation of the Child
Protection Act of 1984 concerning child pornography. Customers are ultimately
responsible for the actions of their clients over the Emerson Communications network,
and will be liable for illegal material posted by their clients.
According to the Child Protection Act, child pornography includes photographs,
films, video or any other type of visual presentation that shows a person
who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is
engaged in or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or
the dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose,
of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under the age of eighteen
years or any written material or visual representation that advocates
or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years.
Violations of the Child Protection Act may be reported to the U.S. Customs
Agency at 1-800-BEALERT
Adult Content on the Internet
Emerson Communications will provide notification and will inform any customers in writing
of improper materials on our servers. However, Emerson Communications reserves the right
to disconnect any customers immediately.
Commercial Advertisements with E-mail
Emerson Communications takes a zero tolerance approach to the sending of Unsolicited Commercial
E-mail (UCE) or SPAM over our network. Very simply, this This means that customers
of Emerson Communications may not use or permit others to use our network to transact
in UCE. Customers of Emerson Communications may not host, or permit hosting of, sites
or information that is advertised by UCE from other networks. Violations of
this policy carry severe penalties, including termination of service.
Sending a message, especially an advertisement, to more than five recipients,
is by itself spamming unless the individuals have specifically requested
to be added to a mailing list on that topic. This includes both commercial
advertisements and informational messages sent to recipients via electronic
mail (email) as well as off-topic messages posted in Usenet discussion
groups where the recipient has not requested or invited the message.
Mailing lists must be true opt-in mailing lists. Before sending any email
to a listed user, a confirmation email, with a tracking number, must
be sent to the new subscriber, to which they must respond with a confirmation
that they wish to be added to the list. You must keep these confirmations
on file, so that in the case that a spam complaint is made against you,
you have proof that the user did indeed opt-in. In addition, you must
provide at least one easy way to opt out; see the MAPS guidelines (http://mail-abuse.org/rbl/manage.html)
for details. Opt-out requests must be honored immediately.
E-mail is a person-to-person medium, not a broadcast medium.
Customers of Emerson Communications are strictly prohibited from using or permitting
others to use UCE or SPAM over our network. As our Customers are ultimately
responsible for the actions of their clients over the Emerson Communications network,
it is advisable that Customers develop a similar, or stricter, policy
for their clients.
Violation of Emerson Communication's SPAM policy will result in severe penalties.
Upon notification of an alleged violation of our SPAM policy, Emerson Communications
will initiate an immediate investigation (within 48 hours of notification).
During the investigation, Emerson Communications may restrict customer access to
the network to prevent further violations. If a customer is found to
be in violation of our SPAM policy, Emerson Communications may, at its sole discretion,
restrict, suspend or terminate customer's account. Further, Emerson Communications
reserves the right to pursue civil remedies for any costs associated
with the investigation of a substantiated policy violation. Emerson Communications
will notify law enforcement officials if the violation is believed to
be a criminal offense.
Emerson Communication's SPAM policy may be reported to abuse@EmersonCommunications.com.com
IP Address Overlap
Emerson Communications administers the network on which customer servers reside. The customer
cannot use IP addresses which were not assigned to them by Emerson Communications staff.
Any server found using IP's which were not officially assigned will be suspended
from network access until such time as the IP addresses overlap can be corrected.
Emerson Communications accounts operate on shared resources. Excessive use or abuse of
these shared network resources by one customer may have a negative impact
on all other customers. Misuse of network resources in a manner which impairs
network performance is prohibited by this policy and may result in termination
of your account.
You are prohibited from excessive consumption of resources, including CPU time,
memory, disk space and session time. You may not use resource-intensive programs,
such as peer-to-peer or audio/video streaming applications, which negatively
impact other customers or the performance of Emerson Communications systems or networks.
Emerson Communications reserves the right to terminate or limit such activities.
The customer understands that the customer is responsible for paying for any
network resources that are used to connect the customer's server to the Internet.
The customer may request that the customer's server be disconnected from the
Internet, but the customer will still be responsible for paying for any network
resources used up to the point of suspension or cancellation.
Emerson Communications reserves the right to suspend network access to any customer if,
in the judgment of the Emerson Communications network administrators, the customer's server
is the source or target of the violation of any of the other terms of the AUPs
or for any other reason which Emerson Communications chooses. If inappropriate activity
is detected, all accounts of the Customer in question will be deactivated until
an investigation is complete. Prior notification to the Customer is not assured.
In extreme cases, law enforcement will be contacting regarding the activity.
The customer will not be credited for the time the customer's machines were
suspended. The Customer will be credited on a prorated basis based on the monthly
fees the Customer pays for the servers that are suspended for the time the
Customer's machines were suspended.
Emerson Communications reserves the right to cancel service at any time. If inappropriate
activity is detected, all accounts of the customer in question will be
deactivated until an investigation is complete. Prior notification to
the Customer is not assured. In extreme cases, law enforcement will be
contacting regarding the activity. All fees paid in advance of cancellation
are non-refundable if Emerson Communications institutes its right of cancellation.
Any violation of policies which results in extra costs will be billed
to the customer (i.e. transfer, space etc.).
Emerson Communications wishes to emphasize that in signing the Master Services Agreement
or its equivalent, customer indemnifies Emerson Communications for any violation of the
Master Services Agreement or its equivalent, law or AUP that results in loss
to Emerson Communications or the bringing of any claim against Emerson Communications by any third-party.
This means that if Emerson Communications is sued because of a customer's or a customer
of a customer's activity, the customer will pay any damages awarded against
Emerson Communications, plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees.
Disclaimer of Responsibility
Emerson Communications is under no duty to look at each customer's or user's activities
to determine if a violation of the AUPs has occurred, nor do we assume any responsibility
through our AUPs to monitor or police Internet-related activities. Emerson Communications
disclaims any responsibility for any such inappropriate use and any liability
to any person or party for any other person's or party's violation of this
All Sub-Networks, resellers and managed servers of Emerson Communications must
adhere to the above policies. Failure to follow any term or condition
will be grounds for immediate Cancellation.
INDIRECT OR ATTEMPTED VIOLATIONS OF THE AUPs AND ACTUAL OR ATTEMPTED
VIOLATIONS BY A THIRD PARTY ON YOUR BEHALF, SHALL BE CONSIDERED VIOLATIONS
OF THESE AUPs BY YOU.