Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

As a provider of Internet access, website hosting, and other Internet-related services, Intrepy offers its customers (also known as subscribers), and their customers and users, the means to acquire and disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial, and non-commercial information. Intrepy respects that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information, however, when there are competing interests at issue; Intrepy reserves the right to take certain preventative or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, Intrepy 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 Intrepy’s services and the Internet, both in the information they acquire and in the information they disseminate to others. When subscribers obtain information through the Internet, they must keep in mind that Intrepy cannot monitor, verify, warrant, or vouch for the accuracy and quality of the information that subscribers may acquire. For this reason, the subscriber must exercise his or her best judgment in relying on information obtained from the Internet, and also should be aware that some material posted to the Internet is sexually explicit or otherwise offensive. Because Intrepy cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, Intrepy cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its subscribers that results from inaccurate, unsuitable, offensive, or illegal Internet communications.

This AUP will be revised from time to time; a customer’s uses of Intrepy’s services after changes to the AUP are available upon request.

When subscribers disseminate information through the Internet, they also must keep in mind that Intrepy does not review, edit, censor, or take responsibility for any information its subscribers 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 Intrepy’s network and may reach a large number of people, including both subscribers and nonsubscribers of Intrepy, subscribers’ postings to the Internet may affect other subscribers and may harm Intrepy’s goodwill, business reputation, and operations. For these reasons, subscribers violate Intrepy policy and the service agreement when they, their customers, affiliates, or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:

1. Spam

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 Intrepy, but also because it can overload Intrepy’s network and disrupt service to Intrepy subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, Intrepy has the discretion to determine from all of the evidence whether the email recipients were from an “opt-in” email list.

2. 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. Intrepy is required by law to remove or block access to customer content upon receipt of a proper notice of copyright infringement. It is also Intrepy’s policy to terminate the privileges of customers who commit repeat violations of copyright laws.

3. Obscene Speech or Materials

Using Intrepy’s network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or material. Intrepy is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through Intrepy’s network.

4. Defamatory or Abusive Language

Using Intrepy’s network as a means to transmit or post defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening language.

5. Forging of Headers

Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message.

6. 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).

7. 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, mail bombing, 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.

8. 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, mail bombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.

9. Export Control Violations

Exporting encryption software over the Internet or otherwise, to points outside the United States.

10. Usenet Groups

Intrepy reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.

11. 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.

12. Other Activities

Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that Intrepy determines to be harmful to its subscribers, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations.

As we have pointed out, the responsibility for avoiding the harmful activities just described rests primarily with the subscriber. Intrepy will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of its subscribers to ensure that they comply with Intrepy policy or applicable law. When Intrepy 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.

Intrepy also is aware that many of its subscribers are, themselves, providers of Internet services, and that information reaching Intrepy’s facilities from those subscribers may have originated from a customer of the subscriber or from another third-party. Intrepy does not require its subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of its subscribers. Intrepy has the right to directly take action against a customer of a subscriber. Also, Intrepy may take action against the Intrepy subscriber because of activities of a customer of the subscriber, even though the action may effect other customers of the subscriber. Similarly, Intrepy anticipates that subscribers who offer Internet services will cooperate with Intrepy in any corrective or preventive action that Intrepy deems necessary. Failure to cooperate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of Intrepy policy.

Intrepy 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, Intrepy urges its subscribers to assume that all of their on-line communications are insecure. Intrepy cannot take any responsibility for the security of information transmitted over Intrepy’s facilities.

Intrepy will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages sent or received by its subscribers unless required to do so by law, governmental authority, or when public safety is at stake. Intrepy may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, Intrepy may disclose information, including but not limited to, information concerning a subscriber, 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. Intrepy assumes no obligation to inform the subscriber that subscriber information has been provided and in some cases may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, Intrepy may disclose subscriber information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect Intrepy and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system.

Intrepy expects that its subscribers who provide Internet services to others will comply fully with all applicable laws concerning the privacy of on-line communications. A subscriber’s failure to comply with those laws will violate Intrepy policy. Finally, Intrepy wishes to emphasize that in signing the service agreement, subscribers indemnify Intrepy for any violation of the service agreement, law, or Intrepy policy, that results in loss to Intrepy or the bringing of any claim against Intrepy by any third-party. This means that if Intrepy is sued because of a subscriber’s or customer of a subscriber’s activity, the subscriber will pay any damages awarded against Intrepy, plus costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including Intrepy and its subscribers, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a subscriber’s violation of this AUP should be sent to