Terms of Service
Usage Policies

I. Sigma Networking's General Rules Regarding Acceptable Internet Use.

We do not host adult or warez or illegal software sites.

The Sigma Networking Rules Regarding Acceptable Internet Use (the "Rules") are designed to enhance the quality of our Web Hosting services and to protect our customers, and the Internet community as whole, from illegal, irresponsible, or disruptive Internet activities. These Rules apply to all customers of Sigma Networking, Inc., and their employees, agents, contractors, and/or other users, who obtain services from Sigma Networking directly or through access to or use of the Internet. We hope and expect that common sense and good judgment will guide all of our customers' and users' Internet activities. Even with such Rules in effect, minors should be supervised when using the Internet. Adults and minors should be aware of what is on the Internet and to understand the concept of what is accepted and what should be avoided.

Cancellation:

A 30 day notice is required to cancel your hosting account.

Billing:

Sigma Networking considers 5 days past due payments for hosting to be excessive and a hosting account may be disabled, preventing access for both the owners and Internet users. 15 days past due and the hosting account may be deleted with no backup of the website. In the event of late payment, Sigma Networking will make every effort to contact the owner at the email address on file or phone number and work with the owner to prevent any disruption of the hosting account services. Sigma Networking does not arbitrarily shutoff accounts without trying to work out an acceptable solution with the owner should the need arise.

Further Policies:

No chat programs are allowed to be hosted on your domain. If you want chat contact us and we will provide chat to you on our designated chat servers. These chat rooms will interface with your actual hosting account and visitors will stay on your site.

II. Description of Unacceptable Internet Uses.

The following Description of Unacceptable Internet Uses (the "Description") is not intended as a comprehensive list of all impermissible activities. The activities listed in this Description are violations of the Rules; however, an unlisted activity may also be a violation of the Rules if it is an illegal, irresponsible, or disruptive use of the Internet.

A. Abuses of system and network resources. Any activities which adversely affect the ability of other people or systems to use Sigma Networking's services or the Internet are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:

-denial of services attacks against another network host or individual user;
-employing posts or programs which consume excessive CPU time or storage space;
-permitting use of mail services, mail forwarding capabilities, POP accounts, or autoresponders other than for the customer's own account;
-resale of access to CGI script installed on our servers;
-subverting, attempting to subvert, or aiding others to subvert the security of the system, facilities, and/or equipment; or providing passwords or other similar security related information to others.

B. Improper Conduct

Impersonation and Forgery. The practice of "spoofing" is prohibited. Spoofing is any attempt to impersonate any person or otherwise deceive or mislead through adding, removing, or modifying network headers or other identifying information. Our Rules also prohibit the deletion of author attributions, legal notices, or proprietary designations in an effort to deceive or mislead. The use of anonymous remailers or nicknames does not constitute impersonation. Defamation and Private Information. Our Rules prohibit the posting of defamatory, scandalous, or private information about an individual without his or her consent. Attempts, whether successful or unsuccessful, to gain access to any computer system or customer's data are also impermissible. Copyrights and other Protected Information. The violation of trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights is an unacceptable use of the Internet and is prohibited. Other Improper Conduct. The intentional infliction of emotional distress by use of Sigma Networking's services or the Internet is a violation of the Rules. Threats of bodily harm or destruction of property are always prohibited, whether such threat constitutes a crime or not. In addition, Sigma Networking reserves the right to remove any material that it, in its sole discretion, considers to be obscene, lewd, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.

C. Illegality

Prohibited Subject Matters. Using the Internet or any Sigma Networking's services or products for the purpose of trafficking in obscene material, dealing drugs, or participating in any other activities dealing with subject matters that are prohibited under federal or state law is prohibited. Prohibited Conduct. Any conduct that constitutes harassment, fraud, stalking, abuse, or a violation of federal export restrictions in connection with use of the Internet or Sigma Networking's services or products is prohibited. Using the Sigma Networking system to solicit the performance of any illegal activity is also prohibited, even if the activity itself is not performed. In addition, knowingly receiving or downloading a file that cannot be legally distributed, even without the act of distribution, is prohibited. Copyrights and other Protected Information. The unauthorized distribution or copying of copyrighted software is prohibited by these Rules. Any violation of trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights that constitutes a crime under federal or state law is strictly prohibited.

D. Abuse of the Internet

Spam: Spamming is defined as sending unsolicited advertisements to numerous e-mail addresses or newsgroups and/or generating a significantly higher volume of outgoing e-mail than a normal user. Spamming is strictly prohibited by these Rules. The Rules are not limited to the sending of spam from the web sites hosted by Sigma Networking; rather, the Rules prohibit any purposeful use of spam tactics to generate web site contact or advertisement. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the purposeful or knowing use of web sites hosted by other ISPs (whether or not owned by the customer) to send spam that links the recipient to a web site hosted by Sigma Networking You will be held liable for a third party's actions unless we determine that you did not know, or did not have reason to know, that the spam contained a link to your web site.

E-mail: Sigma Networking, Inc. prohibits activities by its customers and users that disrupt, disable, or impede e-mail communication, such as using non-existent e-mail return addresses on commercial solicitations, subscribing someone else to a mailing list without that person's permission, and sending unsolicited e-mail. In addition, the following e-mail practices are prohibited:

trolling: posting outrageous messages to generate numerous responses
mailbombing: sending multiple messages without significant new content to the same user
interfering: intercepting, redirecting, or otherwise interfering or attempting to interfere with e-mail or communications intended for other persons or parties

News: When posting to a newsgroup, it is imperative that good judgment is used. Many news groups have their own guidelines describing what is and is not considered appropriate. Before entering a newsgroup, you should read these guidelines and familiarize yourself with that particular newsgroup's acceptable use policy. In general, the following practices are prohibited:

cross-post articles to an excessive number of newsgroups
continuous posting of off-topic articles
spamming, as defined above
flames: hostile attacks or invectives aimed at a group or an individual poster
threatening or harassing news articles
forging or removing header information
canceling messages other than your own, other than posts forged in your name

Other Abuses: Any attempt without authorization to enter into a secured computer system will violate the Rules. Additionally, knowingly or maliciously sending or uploading files or information that contain a virus, worm, "Trojan horse" or other contaminating or destructive data is prohibited. The use of Internet Relay Chat bots, or otherwise violating any accepted policies on Internet Relay Chat, is prohibited.
Promotion or display of instructional information supporting illegal activities; this includes, but is not limited to, instructions for the building or use of weapons.

Your Web Pages may not contain, nor contain links to, any of the following:

Sex, pornography, obscene material, tasteless images. This includes anything considered adult material and any form of child pornography;
Hate propaganda;
Anything illegal including, but not limited to, illegal software, warez or hacked software, serial numbers, mail fraud, or pyramid schemes;
Material insulting, or that could be considered defamatory or libelous, to other persons, institutions or companies;
Material that exploits children;
Material which attempts to collect personal information about users;
Materials infringing the intellectual property rights of third parties (including, but not limited to, trademarks, domain names, personality rights, names of individuals, publicity rights, logos, graphics, designs, films, and music), those which allow the circumvention of revenue rightfully due to a manufacturer for the sale of a product or the disabling of installed copy protected devices, and all other forms of cracker utilities, are strictly forbidden;

Sigma Networking, Inc will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation.

III. Reporting Violations of the Rules to Sigma Networking.

Disclaimer of Responsibility. Sigma Networking is under no duty to look at each customer's or user's activities to determine if a violation of the Rules has occurred, nor do we assume any responsibility through this policy to monitor or police Internet-related activities. Sigma Networking disclaims any responsibility for any such inappropriate use and any liability to any person or party for any other person's or party's violation of this policy.

Remedial Actions. If you are aware of a potential inappropriate use, please direct the information to abuse@sigmanetworking.com. Our staff will carefully investigate potential violations before taking action. Depending upon the severity of the violation and the history of the account involved, Sigma Networking may take any reasonable disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, one or more of the following actions:

issuance of a verbal or written warning
suspension of the offending account
termination of the offending account
bill for administrative costs and/or reactivation costs incurred in connection with any disciplinary action
removal of the offending content from the site
In the event that an account is temporarily inactivated as a result of any prohibited activities, the account may be subject to reactivation charges and/or deposit requirements determined by Sigma Networking

IV. Related Acceptable Internet Use Information.

Usenet Netiquette:

news.announce.newuser
new.admin.net-abuse,misc
Newsgroup Charters By Hierarchy
alt.syntax.tactical FAX - Dealing with Trolls Crossposting and Flames
Munging headers to avoid Spam
Guidelines on Usenet Newsgroup Names
How to find the right place to post (FAQ)
Moderated Newsgroups FAQ
So You Want to Create an Alt Newsgroup
Usenet Hierarchies: Config Files FAQ
User-level Filtering and Tools:


alt.spam FAQ
MindSpring's SpaminatorTM
Abuse Net's List of Filter-ware
The Anti-Spam Home Page
KILL file FAQ (UNIX)
Anti-Spam Resources

CAUCE
Abuse Net
JunkBusters
JunkEmail
GSPAM's Tools
Child Pornography and Exploitation

CyberTipline-- www.missingkids.com
US Customs: Report Child Pornography
Cyberpatrol--Internet filtering software
Government and Consumer Resources

USPS on Chain Letters
USPS on Mail Fraud
National Fraud Information Center
Better Business Bureau Central Web Server for US and Canada
US Federal Trade Commission
FBI
US Customs