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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 uses:

• Business Sites
• Personal Sites
• News Sites and Info-Repositories
• Precious Metals/Mining Sites
• Medical or Legal Sites
• Adult Sites (ALL Models must be over age 18)
• Gambling Sites

Short List of sites we DO NOT accept:

• Hate Sites
• 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.

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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 Centers’s 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.

When information 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:

Spamming
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.

Intellectual Property Violations
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.

Adult Material
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 Language
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 activity).

Background Running Programs
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.

Usenet Groups
Offshore Hosting Centers reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.

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.

Offshore Hosting
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.

Other Activities
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 info@offshorehosting.com

This Agreement may be altered anytime at the sole discretion of Offshore Hosting Centers.

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