Offshore Hosting Centers Acceptable Use Policy
By subscribing to,
purchasing and/or using any of our offshore services, you are agreeing
that you have read, understand and are in compliance with our Acceptible
Use Agreement as show below.
Please use common
sense. If its legal, then we can likely host it. If it is illegal, then
please do not use our services.
Short List of acceptable
News Sites and Info-Repositories
Precious Metals/Mining Sites
Medical or Legal Sites
Adult Sites (ALL Models must be over age 18)
Short List of sites
we DO NOT accept:
Carding Sites or Forums aimed at building criminal networks
Auction sites (unless you get pre-approval after a full review)
Unlicensed Banking Sites
Unlicensed Gambling sites and sites that promote unlicensed gambling
Sites distributing hacking tools
Sites selling unlicensed software
Sites Peddling Child Pornography of any sort
Sites selling illicit drugs weather recreational or pharmaceutical
The lists above are
not meant to be comprehensive.
Please inquire before ordering if you are not sure about your website.
Please read our Terms
of Service Agreement in conjunction with this agreement. Both apply to
your account with Offshore Hosting Centers.
As a provider of
web site hosting, and other Internet-related services, Offshore Hosting
Centers offers its clients, and their customers and users, the means to
disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial, and non-commercial
information. Offshore Hosting Centers respects that the Internet provides
a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information,
however, when there are competing interests at issue, Offshore Hosting
Centers reserves the right to take certain preventative or corrective
actions. In order to protect these competing interests, Offshore Hosting
Centers has developed an Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP"), which
supplements and explains certain terms of each customer's respective service
agreement and is intended as a guide to the customer's rights and obligations
when utilizing Offshore Hosting Centerss services. This AUP will
be revised from time to time. A customer's use of Offshore Hosting Centers
after changes to the AUP are posted on Offshore Hosting Centers web site,
www.offshorehosting.com, will constitute the customer's acceptance of
any new or additional terms of the AUP that result from those changes.
One important aspect
of the Internet is that no one party owns or controls it. This fact accounts
for much of the Internet's openness and value, but it also places a high
premium on the judgment and responsibility of those who use the Internet
to disseminate information to others.
is disseminated through the Internet, they also must keep in mind that
Offshore Hosting Centers does not review, edit, censor, or take responsibility
for any information its clients may create. When users place information
on the Internet, they have the same liability as other authors for copyright
infringement, defamation, and other harmful speech. Also, because the
information they create is carried over Offshore Hosting Centers network
and may reach a large number of people, including both clients and non-clients
of Offshore Hosting Centers, clients' postings to the Internet may affect
other clients and may harm Offshore Hosting Centers goodwill, business
reputation, and operations. For these reasons, clients violate Offshore
Hosting Centers policy and the service agreement when they, their customers,
affiliates, or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:
Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet
(known as "spamming"). It is not only harmful because of its
negative impact on consumer attitudes toward Offshore Hosting Centers, but also
because it can overload Offshore Hosting Centers's network and disrupt service
to Offshore Hosting Centers clients. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is
prohibited. When a complaint is received, Offshore Hosting Centers has the discretion
to determine from all of the evidence whether the e-mail recipients were
from an "opt-in" e-mail list. We do not allow large mass mailings
of any sort even if they are opt-in.
Engaging in any activity that infringes or misappropriates the intellectual
property rights of others, including copyrights, trademarks, service marks,
trade secrets, software piracy, and patents held by individuals, corporations,
or other entities. Also, engaging in activity that violates privacy, publicity,
or other personal rights of others. Offshore Hosting Centers is required
by law to remove or block access to customer content upon receipt of a
proper notice of copyright infringement. It is also Offshore Hosting Centers
policy to terminate the privileges of customers who commit repeat violations
of copyright laws.
Because the Internet is a global communication tool, and we have clients
from nearly every country in the world it is difficult to dictate what
is considered "adult material." However, it is not our function
to discriminate against those who choose to utilize adult content or adult
related material. We do not host adult sites on our normal business servers,
but we do have a plan for this and can host legal (over 18) adult sites
to companies with verifiable 2257 compliance. If you need help complying,
please ask us how to do this properly for your own protection. We cannot
give legal advise, but we can steer you in the right direction.
What does Offshore Hosting Centers consider "Adult Material?"
Any site whose revenue
is gained in part or whole from its adult content.
Photos or videos showing frontal nudity on either men or women for non-scientific
or non-artistic purposes.
Why does Offshore Hosting Centers have this policy?
Bandwidth and Resources
A virtual server is a shared environment where many servers reside on
each particular machine. This being said, consider that an average "adult
site" gets more hits than 100 standard websites. Some of the smaller
adult sites get around 5 GB of transfer per day. With these types of resources
being utilized, our servers would be severely slowed if we allowed these
high traffic sites to also reside on our servers. On top of that, we would
be forced to raise our prices to pay for the additional bandwidth. We
strive to keep our servers fast and inexpensive, and our bandwidth clear;
therefore, adult sites are not an option on our normal plans. We can provide
Adult Site hosting on our other servers set up especially for that industry.
Offshore Hosting Centers reserves the right to decide what it considers "adult
content", "adult material", "sexually explicit",
or "sexually related". Let us know if you are unsure of the
approval of your site before placing an order.
Defamatory or Abusive
Using Offshore Hosting Centers network as a means to transmit or post
defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening language.
Forging of Headers
Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part,
to mask the originator of the message.
Illegal or Unauthorized
Access to Other Computers or Networks
Accessing illegally or without authorization computers, accounts, or networks
belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures
of another individual's system (often known as "hacking"). Also,
any activity that might be used as a precursor to an attempted system
penetration (i.e. port scan, stealth scan, or other information gathering
Background Daemons in general are prohibited on Offshore Hosting Centers servers,
including, but not limited to, IRC bots, eggdrop, BitchX, XiRCON, warez
sites and any other program that interferes with normal server operation.
Offshore Hosting Centers will be the sole arbitor of what consitutes a violation
of the above policy.
Distribution of Internet
Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, or Other Destructive Activities
Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet
viruses, worms, Trojan horses, pinging, flooding, mailbombing, or denial
of service attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere
with the ability of others to effectively use the network or any connected
network, system, service, or equipment.
Facilitating a Violation
of this AUP
Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software,
program, product, or service that is designed to violate this AUP, which
includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging,
flooding, mailbombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.
Offshore Hosting Centers reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups
where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates
Other Illegal Activities
Engaging in activities that are determined to be illegal, including advertising,
transmitting, or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes,
fraudulently charging credit cards, and pirating software.
Even though you may choose to host offshore this does not mean you can
break the law. The same rules apply offshore as they do on our servers
in the USA. If you plan on hosting an illegal site, please do not use
our services. You will lose your money and get kicked off as soon as we
see your site. Offshore + Offshore does not give you a criminal safe
haven, it gives you freedom and privacy. If you are not sure if your site
complies with the applicable legal system of your country or in North
America, please contact us before ordering to discuss your site.
Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that Offshore Hosting
Centers determines to be harmful to its clients, operations, reputation,
goodwill, or customer relations. As we have pointed out, the responsibility
for avoiding the harmful activities just described rests primarily with
the client. Offshore Hosting Centers will not, as an ordinary practice,
monitor the communications of its client to ensure that they comply with
Offshore Hosting Centers policy or applicable law. When Offshore Hosting
Centers becomes aware of harmful activities, however, it may take any
action to stop the harmful activity, including but not limited to, removing
information, shutting down a web site, implementing screening software
designed to block offending transmissions, denying access to the Internet,
or take any other action it deems appropriate. Offshore Hosting Centers
also is concerned with the privacy of on-line 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, Offshore Hosting Centers urges its clients to assume
that all of their on-line communications are insecure. Offshore Hosting
Centers cannot take any responsibility for the security of information
transmitted over Offshore Hosting Centers facilities. Offshore Hosting
Centers will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages
sent or received by its clients unless required to do so by law, governmental
authority, or when public safety is at stake. Offshore Hosting Centers
may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its
facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, Offshore Hosting Centers
may disclose information, including but not limited to, information concerning
a client, a transmission made using our network, or a web site, in order
to comply with a court order, subpoena, summons, discovery request, warrant,
statute, regulation, or governmental request. Offshore Hosting Centers
assumes no obligation to inform the client that client information has
been provided and in some cases may be prohibited by law from giving such
notice. Finally, Offshore Hosting Centers may disclose client information
or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect
Offshore Hosting Centers and others from harm, or where such disclosure
is necessary to the proper operation of the system. We hope this AUP is
helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including Offshore
Hosting Centers and its clients, as responsible members of the Internet.
Any complaints about a client's violation of this AUP should be sent to
This Agreement may
be altered anytime at the sole discretion of Offshore Hosting Centers.