EMWD's Terms and Service

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
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Acceptable Use Policy

This EMWD Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") describe the proper kinds of conduct and prohibited uses of EMWD's hosting services (the "Services"). This AUP is not exhaustive and EMWD reserves the right to modify this AUP at any time, effective upon posting of the modified AUP at www.emwd.com. By registering for and using the Services, and thereby accepting the terms and conditions of this AUP, you agree to abide by these conditions as modified from time to time. Any violation of the AUP may result in the immediate suspension or termination of your account or such other action as EMWD deems appropriate.

Server Abuse

Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server, or customer, of EMWD is strictly prohibited.

EMWD will strongly react to any use or attempted use of an Internet account or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include "Internet scamming" (tricking other people into releasing their passwords), password robbery, security hole scanning etc.

Any unauthorized use of accounts or servers by an EMWD customer, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to EMWD, will result in action against the attacker. Possible actions include warnings, account suspension or cancellation, and civil or criminal legal action, depending on the seriousness of the attack.

IMPORTANT NOTE - EMWD has the right to discontinue service, or deny access to anyone who violates our Policies or the terms and conditions shown below WITHOUT WARNING OR PRIOR NOTICE. No refunds or fees paid will be made if account termination is due to violation of the terms outlined below.

Customers may not run IRC, bots or clients on shared servers. Unacceptable uses also include, but are NOT limited to: unsolicited emailings, newsgroup spamming, pornographic content, illegal content, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, warez, cracks, software serial numbers, and/or anything else determined by EMWD to be unacceptable use of EMWD's services including abuse of server resources.

All hosting accounts may be terminated that include the following content or which have links to the following content:

  • Providing material that is grossly offensive to the Web community including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism or hatred.
  • Promoting or providing instructional information about illegal activities, or promoting physical harm or injury against any group or individual.
  • Displaying material that exploits children under 18 years of age.
  • Acts of copyright infringement including offering pirated computer programs or links to such programs, information used to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, including serial or registration numbers for software programs, or any type of cracker utilities.

Abuse of Traffic

To maintain the integrity of our shared hosting service the following limitations apply:

Sites with banners, graphics or cgi scripts running from their domain used on other domains. Sites using more than 30% of system resources for longer than 60 seconds.

Traffic will go unmonitored until you reach the allotted GB per month. Thereafter, normal data transfer cost of $2/1GB/month will be billed to your account.

Abuse of EMWD's personnel

EMWD operates its day to day communications with its clients, with courtesy, respect, and professionalism. EMWD expects the same type of communication to be returned to all employees, officers, and owner(s) of EMWD. EMWD will not tolerate any abusive, vulgar, inflammatory, profane, and insulting communications to its employees, officers, and owner(s) via email, telephone, fax, and postal mail. Such actions will result in the termination of the business relationship between client and EMWD. This termination will result in the closing down of client's account within 30 business days and the forfeiture of any pre-paid funds.

Unsolicited Email (Spam) and Mailing Lists

Definition of SPAM All Unsolicited Bulk Email or "UBE", email which is both unsolicited and bulk, is hereby defined in this AUP as spam. Unsolicited means the recipient did not give verifiable, deliberate, explicit, and revocable permission for the message to be sent. Bulk means the message was sent to multiple recipients with substantively identical content and, therefore, the recipient's personal identity and context are irrelevant because the email is equally applicable to multiple recipients. Spam is an issue of consent, not content. No other definition of spam including, without limitation, Title 15 USC Chapter 103 Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing § 7702 et. al or "CAN-SPAM Act" applies to the definition of spam as used in this AUP.

EMWD takes a zero-tolerance approach to spam originating from our servers or for spam advertising of domains hosted on our servers.

The following activities are not allowed:

Unsolicited bulk or commercial messages ("spam"). This includes, but is not limited to, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, and political tracts. Such messages may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested it from your domain.

Forging, altering or removing electronic mail headers is prohibited. Any domain sending stealth spam will be terminated without warning and without refund.

Sending numerous copies of the same or substantially similar message with the intent to disrupt a server or account ("mail bombing").

Spamming Newsgroups: Commercial advertisements are unwelcome in most Usenet discussion groups and on most e-mail mailing lists. Inappropriate posting may result in account cancellation. See the newsgroup or mailing list's charter for whether advertising is allowed or not. "Spamming," or sending a message to many different off-topic newsgroups, is particularly unethical and will be treated as such.

Mail may not be used to harass or intimidate others. Harassment, whether through language, frequency of messages, or size of messages, is prohibited. Sending a single unwelcome message may be considered harassment. If a recipient asks to stop receiving e-mail, you must not send that person any further messages.

Providing spamware (software used to send bulk email or software used to harvest email addresses) or links to sites providing spamware is strictly prohibited and subject to immediate removal or account cancellation.

Running Unconfirmed Mailing Lists. Subscribing email addresses to any mailing list without the express and verifiable permission of the email address owner is prohibited. All mailing lists run by EMWD customers must be Closed-loop ("Confirmed Opt-in"). The subscription confirmation message received from each address owner must be kept on file for the duration of the existence of the mailing list. Purchasing lists of email addresses from 3rd parties for mailing to or from any EMWD.-hosted domain, or referencing any EMWD account, is prohibited. 

Note: If you use the services of another provider (including but not limited to the use of address lists obtained from a third party vendor or provider) to promote a web site hosted by or through EMWD (spamvertising), then the provisions of the above Policy shall apply as if the spam were sent through our servers.

Opt-In Mailing Lists Mailing lists must be true opt-in which requires you to provide to the recipient either a confirmation email or a confirmation web page whereby the recipient must have replied with a confirmation email having a unique tracking number or must have clicked a hyperlink in the confirmation email having a unique tracking number maintained in your web server log file or must have clicked the hyperlink in the confirmation web page having a unique tracking number maintained in your web server log file thereby granting verifiable, deliberate, explicit, and revocable permission to be added to the specific opt-in email list at the specific site both of which must be hosted on the network of EMWD and under your administrative control. You are required to provide the confirmation email reply with unique tracking number or the web server log file line having the unique tracking number as evidence that the recipient did, indeed, opt-in to the email list. You are also required to provide at least one simple method to opt out of the email list which must be honored immediately.

CGI Scripts

Each shared Unix web hosting account comes with its own cgi-bin, in which you are free to use any* CGI scripts you wish.

Server Resource Abuse

Shared server accounts are limited in use of the amount of server resources. Shared server resource abuse includes any process or service usage that affects normal shared server operation, resources or connectivity, and which causes a server to become overloaded. Shared server resources include CPU and memory usage, number of concurrent processes, number of concurrent port or database connections and total bandwidth. Possible causes of server resource abuse include, but are not limited to, the use of: CGI, Perl, Sendmail, mySQL, PHP, ASP, HTTP, SMTP, POP3 and FTP. If server resource abuse is detected, possible actions include, but are not limited to: disabling of the offending script or scripts, disabling of the specific service, disabling of the entire account or account cancellation. If server overload is a result of server resource abuse, these actions will be taken without prior notice or warning.

Sub-domains and URL Forwarding

All of our web hosting accounts comes with the ability of adding sub-domains. A sub-domain is to be used for the express purpose of emphasizing a special purpose, object, and/or function of the current web site under the parent domain name, i.e. support.emwd.com can be legitimately used to host content that expressly handles the support aspect of www.emwd.com. We do understand a client may have a special personal purpose for setting up a sub-domain, such as for family and friends. This is allowed when the client informs EMWD of this intent. With the advent of domain name (URL) forwarding at some Registrars, EMWD does not allow a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) to point to an existing sub-domain or to a directory under your main account, or even to the main account's domain name. We have a special function called add-on domains that allows for this need and the charge is $2 per month per add-on domain. If a client is found in violation of using a FQDN to point to an existing sub-domain, sub-directory, or an existing domain name without paying the $2 charge, then the client will be given a 3 day warning to either remove the forwarding or to begin paying the $2 per month charge.

Excessive Use/Overages

You will not exceed the bandwidth, storage and E-mail usage limits outlined by your particular web hosting package. If you use any bandwidth or storage space in excess of the agreed upon number of megabytes per month or if you exceed E-Mail storage and attachment size limitations, EMWD may, in its sole discretion, assess you with additional charges. If EMWD elects to take any corrective action, EMWD will not refund any unused pre-paid fees. Your use of your account and access to it is your responsibility. You are responsible for any unauthorized access to your account resulting in bandwidth, storage and/or E-mail usage exceeding the limits outlined in your particular web hosting package specifications and resultant charges. Bandwidth overages are currently billed at $2/GB/month.

Payment Policies

All accounts are set up on a pre-pay basis. All pricing is guaranteed for the term of pre-payment. EMWD reserves the right to change prices at any time, unless other terms have been agreed upon. Any account not brought current within a week (7 days) of e-mail notice or exceeding this time frame in any way is subject to suspension. The customer is responsible for all money owed on the account from the time it was established to the time that the customer notifies EMWD at billing@emwd.com to request for termination of services. All payment is in U.S. currency. EMWD will bill each client $25.00 per returned check, per wire transfer received and per credit card chargeback received. All EMWD accounts are setup on anniversary billing cycles. Your particular billing cycle corresponds to the contract length that was initially chosen at setup. Your account will automatically renew at this length. There is no fee to change to a shorter billing cycle at the end of the current cycle. Please contact the billing department at billing@emwd.com should you wish to change your anniversary billing cycle. Any account that is not brought current prior to deactivation will be charged a $25.00 reactivation fee as well as a $15.00 late charge, per domain deactivated. In addition, if your credit card declines for any reason EMWD will charge your account an additional $1.00 service charge every time your card is declined. All taxes, fees and governmental charges relating to the Services provided hereunder (other than income taxes of EMWD) shall be paid by Customer. EMWD accepts paper checks and money orders from customers for payment of web hosting services and fees associated with your account.

Cancellation

EMWD reserves the right to cancel service at any time. All fees paid in advance of cancellation will be pro-rated and paid by EMWD if EMWD institutes its right of cancellation. Any violation of policies which results in extra costs will be billed to the customer (i.e. transfer, space etc.)

For web hosting contracts longer than 3 months, a refund equal to one half of the contract amount less any setup fees and overages will be given if EMWD is notified prior to the first day of the third month of the contract term. If you cancel prior to the end of your contract term and you received special pre-pay rates, your hosting fees will be adjusted so that you pay the regular, non-discounted monthly fees. No refunds for any reason will be given once the third month of the contract term has begun. Due to security concerns, all account cancellations must be done either through your EMWD member account or by contactingbilling@emwd.com. You must notify EMWD anytime before your next billing cycle is due to avoid being charged. Refunds will be made by company check or issued back to your credit card within 30 days of receipt of cancellation. To receive your refund, you must terminate this Agreement in the manner described in above and cease using our services. Cancellations are processed only from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST on Monday-Friday. No cancellations are processed on holidays or weekends.

Liability and Obligations on Cancellation

If the Agreement expires or is cancelled for any reason, EMWD is not liable to you because of the expiration or cancellation for compensation, reimbursement or damages on account of the loss of prospective profits, anticipated sales, goodwill or on account of expenditures, investments, leases or commitments in connection with your business, or for any other reason whatsoever flowing from the termination or expiration. If you terminate this Agreement, EMWD will not relieve you of any obligations to pay fees and costs accrued before the termination date or any other amounts you owe to EMWD under this Agreement.

Material and Product Requirements

You must ensure that all material and data placed on EMWD's equipment is in a condition that is "server-ready," which is in a form requiring no additional manipulation by EMWD. EMWD will make no effort to validate any of this information for content, correctness or usability. If your material is not "server-ready", EMWD may reject this material. EMWD will notify you of its refusal of the material and afford you the opportunity to modify the material to satisfy EMWD's requirements. Use of the Services requires a certain level of knowledge in the use of Internet languages, protocols and software. This level of knowledge varies depending on the anticipated use and desired content of your Web site. You must have the necessary knowledge to create and maintain a Web site. EMWD does not provide this knowledge or customer support outside of the Services.

Backup Policy

EMWD performs daily and weekly backups on all of our customers' accounts. We also provide a utility within the client's hosting control panel that allows them to make an instant backup of their web site and download it for safekeeping.

With that said:

No guarantees are made of any kind, either expressed or implied, as to the integrity of these backups. Backups are made for server restoration purposes only. It is the clients' responsibility to maintain local, current copies of their web content and any information on their account including but not limited to clients website, email, databases, mailing lists, and archives.

Intellectual Property Rights

Material accessible to you through EMWD's services may be subject to protection under the United States or other copyright laws, or laws protecting trademarks, trade secrets or proprietary information. Except when expressly permitted by the owner of such rights, you must not use EMWD or its servers and network in a manner that would infringe, violate, dilute or misappropriate any such rights, with respect to any material, which you access or receive through the EMWD network. If you use a domain name in connection with EMWD or similar service, you must not use that domain name in violation of any trademark, service mark, or similar rights of any third party.

Network Security

Customers may not use the EMWD network with an attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for the customer, logging into a server or account the customer is not expressly authorized to access, password cracking, probing the security of other networks in search of weakness, or violation of any other organization's security policy. Customers may not attempt to interfere or deny service to any user, host, or network. This includes, but is not limited to, flooding, mail bombing, or other deliberate attempts to overload or crash a host or network. EMWD will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations. Users who violate system or network security may incur criminal or civil liability. You are solely responsible for any security breaches affecting servers or accounts under your control. If your server or website is responsible for or involved in an attack on or unauthorized access into another server or system, EMWD will shut it down immediately. You will pay any charges resulting from the cost to correct security breaches affecting EMWD or any of its other customers.

Password Policy

It is against EMWD policy to use easy to guess passwords on any of of our services, including but not limited to: email, cpanel, ftp, ssh, and password protection on directories. All passwords must utilize a random string of upper/lower case letters, numbers, and symbols and the password should be a minimum of 7 characters in length. No password should ever contain a dictionary word, date, or name.

If a service is compromised due to a client's password being cracked, then that particular service will be either suspended or removed entirely. EMWD reserves the right to terminate the client's account if a history of such security compromises related to the use of weak passwords are discovered.

Electronic Commerce

You will be solely responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of your online store and products and all contents and materials appearing online or on your products, including without limitation (a) the accuracy and appropriateness of content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products, (b) ensuring that the content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products do not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, and (c) ensuring that the content and materials appearing within the store or related to your products are not libelous or otherwise illegal. You will be solely responsible for the final calculation and application of shipping and sales tax. You will also be solely responsible for accepting, processing, and filling any customer orders, and for handling any customer inquiries or complaints arising there from.

You are also responsible for the security of any customer credit card numbers and related customer information you may access as a result of conducting electronic commerce transactions through your Web Site. You will keep all such information confidential and will use the same degree of care and security as you use with your confidential information.

Static / Dynamic Content Caching

You expressly (i) grant to EMWD a license to cache the entirety of your Web Site, including content supplied by third parties, hosted by EMWD under this Agreement and (ii) agree that such caching is not an infringement of any of your intellectual property rights or any third party's intellectual property rights.

IP Address Ownership

EMWD shall maintain and control ownership of all IP numbers and addresses that may be assigned to you by EMWD and EMWD reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to change or remove any and all such IP numbers and addresses.

Domain Name Registration

Customer agrees to pay EMWD prior to the effectiveness of the desired domain name registration, the then-current amounts set forth in the EMWD price schedule for the initial registration of the domain name and, should Customer choose to renew the registration, subsequent renewals of the registration. All fees are non-refundable, in whole or in part, even if Customer's domain name registration is suspended, cancelled or transferred prior to the end of Customer's then current registration term. EMWD reserves the right to change fees, surcharges, renewal fees or to institute new fees at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. Customer's requested domain name will not be registered unless and until we receive actual payment of the registration fee, and have confirmed Customer's registration in an email from EMWD to the email address indicated in Customer's registration application. In the event of a charge-back by a credit card company (or similar action by another payment provider allowed by EMWD) in connection with the payments of the registration fee for Customer's domain name registration, Customer agrees and acknowledges that the domain name registration shall be transferred to EMWD as the paying entity for that registration to the registry and that we reserve all rights regarding such domain name including, without limitation, the right to make the domain name available to other parties for purchase. EMWD will reinstate Customer's domain name registration solely at EMWD's discretion, and subject to our receipt of the initial registration or renewal fee and our then-current reinstatement fee.

Copyright Infringement

DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement on the EMWD system or Web site should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED SOLELY FOR NOTIFYING EMWD THAT YOUR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MAY HAVE BEEN INFRINGED.

WE CAUTION YOU THAT UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY CIVIL PENALTIES. THESE INCLUDE MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER'S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.

DO NOT SEND ANY INQUIRIES UNRELATED TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT (e.g. REQUESTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OR CUSTOMER SERVICE, REPORTS OF E-MAIL ABUSE, etc.) TO THE CONTACT LISTED BELOW. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE IF SENT TO THAT CONTACT.

Written notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent:

EMWD
Legal Department
PO Box 1322
Mount Airy, NC 27030

Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following:

1. Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. 
2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed or a representative list if multiple works are involved. 
3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing that should be removed or access to disabled and information reasonably sufficient to enable the online service provider to locate the material (usually a URL to the relevant page). 
4. Information reasonably sufficient to allow the online service provider to contact the complaining party (address, phone number, e-mail address). 
5. Statement that the complaining party has "a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law." 
6. Statement that the information in the notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Lawful Purpose

EMWD reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Customers may only use EMWD servers for lawful purposes. Transmission of any material in violation of any Federal, State or Local regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material, material legally judged to be threatening or obscene, and material protected by trade secrets. The designation of any materials as such described above is left entirely to the discretion of EMWD management. Regardless of the place of signing this agreement, the client agrees that for purposes of venue and jurisdiction this contract was entered into and performed in Surry County, North Carolina, and any dispute will be litigated or arbitrated in Surry County, North Carolina. Customer further waives all objections to venue or jurisdiction and acknowledges that venue and jurisdiction in any such litigation will be held in Surry County Courts. IN NO EVENT SHALL EMWD'S MAXIMUM LIABILITY EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS.

Indemnification

CUSTOMER AGREES THAT IT SHALL DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, SAVE AND HOLD EMWD HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL DEMANDS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, COSTS AND CLAIMS, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES ASSERTED AGAINST EMWD, ITS AGENTS, ITS CUSTOMERS, OFFICERS AND EMPLO YEES, THAT MAY ARISE OR RESULT FROM ANY SERVICE PROVIDED OR PERFORMED OR AGREED TO BE PERFORMED OR ANY PRODUCT SOLD BY CUSTOMER, IT'S AGENTS, EMPLOYEES OR ASSIGNS. CUSTOMER AGREES TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS EMWD AGAINST LIABILITIES ARISING OUT OF; (1) ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY CAUSED BY ANY PRODUCTS SOLD OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED IN CONNECTION WITH EMWD'S SERVER; (2) ANY MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY CUSTOMER INFRINGING OR ALLEGEDLY INFRINGING ON THE PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF A THIRD PARTY; ( 3) COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND (4) ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS SOLD TO CUSTOMER FROM EMWD'S SERVER.

Disclaimer

EMWD WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES YOUR BUSINESS MAY SUFFER. EMWD MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED FOR SERVICES WE PROVIDE. EMWD DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THIS INCLUDES LOSS OF DATA RESULTING FROM DELAYS, NON-DELIVERIES, WRONG DELIVERY, AND ANY AND ALL SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS CAUSED BY EMWD AND ITS EMPLOYEES. EMWD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE ITS POLICIES AT ANY TIME.

ALL SUB-NETWORKS AND RESELLERS OF EMWD MUST ADHERE TO THE ABOVE POLICIES.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY TERM OR CONDITION WILL BE GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE ACCOUNT DEACTIVATION.