Acceptable Use of Nether.Net Information Systems

General Principles

Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by Nether.Net or Nether.Net service providers imposes certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to Nether.Net policies, and local, state, and federal laws. Acceptable use always is ethical, reflects personal honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to privacy and to freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance.

Guidelines

In making acceptable use of resources you must:

In making acceptable use of resources you must NOT:

Enforcement

Nether.Net considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on Nether.Net systems allegedly related to unacceptable use. Violators are subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to:

If Nether.Net believes illegal or improper behavior is taking place, or if your actions are affecting the reliability of Nether.Net services, Nether.Net reserves the right to suspend services and/or access privileges until you have been contacted and a full review of the situation takes place.

Nether.Net will NOT refund any fees paid by users who have lost privileges due to violations of the Acceptable Use Policy.

Offenders also may be prosecuted under laws including (but not limited to) the Privacy Protection Act of 1974, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, The Computer Virus Eradication Act of 1989, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, The Virginia Computer Crimes Act, and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Access to the text of these laws is available online.

Comments

This is the Nether.Net Acceptable Use Policy as adopted and endorsed by the Nether.Net Board of Directors, 11-APR-2002.