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8/28/2011 - by Roland Houin
Terms of Service & Acceptable Use Policy
Fourway’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is intended to help enhance the use of the Internet by preventing
unacceptable use. All users of Fourway’s Internet services (the “Services”)-those who access some of our Services
but do not have accounts (“Visitors”) as well as those who pay a monthly service fee to subscribe to the Services
(“Members”)-must comply with this AUP.
Fourway may include localized advertisements, which helps support the enhanced services we offer to all customers.
You may op out of localized advertising by sending a letter to Fourway Computer Products, 51061 S.R. 933 North,
South Bend IN 46637.
We support the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet and do not actively monitor use of the
Services under normal circumstances. Similarly, we do not exercise editorial control over the content of any Web
site, electronic mail transmission, newsgroup, or other material created or accessible over or through the
Services, except for certain proprietary Web sites. However, in accordance with our Internet Service Agreement, we
may remove any materials that, in our sole discretion, may be illegal, may subject us to liability, or which may
violate this AUP. Fourway may cooperate with legal authorities and/or third parties in the investigation of any
suspected or alleged crime or civil wrong. Your violation of this AUP may result in the suspension or termination
of either your access to the Services and/or your Fourway account or other actions as detailed in Section 3. This
AUP should be read in conjunction with our Internet Service Agreement and other policies.
2. Violations of Fourway's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
The following constitute violations of this AUP:
Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that, intentionally or
unintentionally, violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law, or any rules or regulations
promulgated thereunder. Harm to minors. Using the Services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way. Threats.
Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that threatens or
encourages bodily harm or destruction of property. Harassment. Using the Services to transmit any material (by
email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses another.
Using the Services to making fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services, or to advance any type
of financial scam such as “pyramid schemes,” “ponzi schemes,” and “chain letters.” Forgery or impersonation.
Adding, removing, or modifying identifying network header information in an effort to deceive or mislead is
prohibited. Attempting to impersonate any person by using forged headers or other identifying information is
prohibited. The use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Using deliberately
misleading headers (“munging” headers) in news postings in order to avoid spam email address collectors is allowed.
Unsolicited commercial email/ Unsolicited bulk email. Using the Services to transmit any unsolicited commercial
email or unsolicited bulk email. Activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or
unsolicited bulk email whether or not that email is commercial in nature, are prohibited.
File Sharing & Peer to Peer Sharing.
Using file sharing software or systems that allow continuous downloading & uploading from residential accounts.
These programs may allow copyright infringement and are expressly prohibited. Accordingly, Fourway maintains the
right to terminate any member’s connection following any extended period of activity as determined by Fourway. The
customer assumes all liability that may be associated with this activity.
Using the Services to access, or to attempt to access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to
penetrate, security measures of Fourway’s or another entity’s computer software or hardware, electronic
communications system, or telecommunications system, whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption or loss
Copyright or trademark infringement.
Using the Services to transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that infringes any
copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not
limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material, the digitization and distribution of photographs from
magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, and the unauthorized transmittal of copyrighted software. Fourway
is registered under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998.
Collection of personal data.
Using the Services to collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about third parties without their
knowledge or consent.
Reselling (or sharing) the services.
Reselling the Services without Fourway’s authorization. Sharing your connection (dialup or broadband) with other
parties without the expressed written consent fo Fourway Computer Products, Inc.
Network disruptions and unfriendly activity.
Using the Services for any activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use Fourway
Services or the Internet. This includes "denial of service" (DoS) attacks against another network host or
individual user. Interference with or disruption of other network users, network services, or network equipment is
prohibited. It is the Member's responsibility to ensure that their network is configured in a secure manner. A
Member may not, through action or inaction, allow others to use their network for illegal or inappropriate actions.
A Member may not permit their network, through action or inaction, to be configured in such a way that gives a
third party the capability to use their network in an illegal or inappropriate manner.
Fourway Members should use their best judgment when posting to any newsgroup. Many groups have charters, published
guidelines, FAQs, or "community standards" describing what is and is not considered appropriate. Usenet can be a
valuable resource if used properly. The continued posting of off-topic articles is prohibited. Commercial
advertisements are off-topic in most newsgroups, especially regional groups not specifically named for such. The
presence of such articles in a group is not indicative of the group's "intended" use. Please familiarize yourself
with basic USENET netiquette before posting to a newsgroup. Fourway considers "multiposting" to 10 or more groups
within a two-week sliding window to be excessive. Fourway servers currently limit the number of allowable
"cross-posts" to 9. Fourway Members may not cancel messages other than their own messages. A Member may cancel
posts forged in that Member's name. We may cancel any postings which violate this AUP.
Long Connections and Multiple Logins.
Using a personal account for high volume or commercial use is prohibited. The Services are intended for periodic,
active use of email, newsgroups, file transfers, Internet chat, games, and browsing the World Wide Web. Members may
stay connected so long as they are actively using that connection for the above purposes. Members may not use the
Services on a standby or inactive basis in order to maintain a connection. Pinging is expressly prohibited.
Accordingly, Fourway maintains the right to terminate any member’s connection following any extended period of
inactivity as determined by Fourway.
3. Reporting Violations of Fourway's AUP
Fourway requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of this AUP direct the information to
Director-Abuse Department, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If available, please provide the following information: The IP
address used to commit the alleged violation The date and time of the alleged violation, including the time zone or
offset from GMT Evidence of the alleged violation Email with full header information provides all of the above, as
do syslog files. Other situations will require different methods of providing the above information.
Fourway may take any one or more of the following actions in response to complaints:
Issue written or verbal warnings
Suspend the Member's newsgroup posting privileges
Suspend the Member's account
Terminate the Member's account
Bill the Member for administrative costs and/or reactivation charges
Bring legal action to enjoin violations and/or to collect damages, if any, caused by violations.
4. Revisions to this Acceptable Use Policy
Fourway reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this AUP, our Internet Service Agreement and our other
policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be
posted in accordance with the Internet Service Agreement.