Martin Strauss Technologies Acceptable Use Policy
Last Modified March 16, 2006
As a provider of Internet access, web site hosting, and other Internet-related services,
Martin Strauss Technologies 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. Martin Strauss Technologies respects that the Internet provides a forum for
free and open discussion and dissemination of information, however, when there are
competing interests at issue, Martin Strauss Technologies reserves the right to take certain preventative
or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, Martin Strauss Technologies 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 Martin Strauss Technologies' services. This AUP will
be revised from time to time. A customer's use of Martin Strauss Technologies' services after changes to
the AUP are posted on Martin Strauss Technologies' web site, www.connaccess.com, will constitute
the customer's acceptance of any new or additional terms of the AUP that result from
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, 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 Martin Strauss Technologies
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 Martin Strauss Technologies cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, Martin Strauss Technologies
cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its subscribers that results from inaccurate,
unsuitable, offensive, or illegal Internet communications.
When subscribers disseminate information through the Internet, they also must keep
in mind that Martin Strauss Technologies 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
Martin Strauss Technologies' network and may reach a large number of people, including both subscribers
and nonsubscribers of Martin Strauss Technologies, subscribers' postings to the Internet may affect other
subscribers and may harm Martin Strauss Technologies' goodwill, business reputation, and operations. For
these reasons, subscribers violate Martin Strauss Technologies 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 Martin Strauss Technologies, but also because it can overload Martin Strauss Technologies'
network and disrupt service to Martin Strauss Technologies subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP
relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, Martin Strauss Technologies has the discretion to
determine from all of the evidence whether the email recipients were from an "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. Martin Strauss Technologies is required
by law to remove or block access to customer content upon receipt of a proper notice
of copyright infringement. It is also Martin Strauss Technologies' policy to terminate the privileges of
customers who commit repeat violations of copyright laws.
Obscene Speech or Materials -- Using Martin Strauss Technologies' network to advertise, transmit,
store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or
material. Martin Strauss Technologies is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes
aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through Martin Strauss Technologies' network.
Defamatory or Abusive Language -- Using Martin Strauss Technologies' 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).
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.
Export Control Violations -- Exporting encryption software over the Internet
or otherwise, to points outside the United States.
Usenet Groups -- Martin Strauss Technologies 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.
Other Activities -- Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that
Martin Strauss Technologies 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. Martin Strauss Technologies will not, as an ordinary practice,
monitor the communications of its subscribers to ensure that they comply with Martin Strauss Technologies
policy or applicable law. When Martin Strauss Technologies 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.
Martin Strauss Technologies also is aware that many of its subscribers are, themselves, providers of Internet
services, and that information reaching Martin Strauss Technologies' facilities from those subscribers may
have originated from a customer of the subscriber or from another third-party.
Martin Strauss Technologies does not require its subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or
censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of its subscribers. Martin Strauss Technologies
has the right to directly take action against a customer of a subscriber. Also,
Martin Strauss Technologies may take action against the Martin Strauss Technologies subscriber because of activities of a customer
of the subscriber, even though the action may effect other customers of the subscriber.
Similarly, Martin Strauss Technologies anticipates that subscribers who offer Internet services will cooperate
with Martin Strauss Technologies in any corrective or preventive action that Martin Strauss Technologies deems necessary. Failure
to cooperate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of Martin Strauss Technologies policy.
Martin Strauss Technologies 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, Martin Strauss Technologies urges its subscribers
to assume that all of their on-line communications are insecure. Martin Strauss Technologies cannot take any
responsibility for the security of information transmitted over Martin Strauss Technologies' facilities.
Martin Strauss Technologies 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. Martin Strauss Technologies may, however, monitor its service electronically to
determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, Martin Strauss Technologies 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. Martin Strauss Technologies 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, Martin Strauss Technologies may disclose subscriber information or
information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect Martin Strauss Technologies and others
from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system.
Martin Strauss Technologies 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 Martin Strauss Technologies policy. Finally,
Martin Strauss Technologies wishes to emphasize that in signing the service agreement, subscribers indemnify
Martin Strauss Technologies for any violation of the service agreement, law, or Martin Strauss Technologies policy, that results in
loss to Martin Strauss Technologies or the bringing of any claim against Martin Strauss Technologies by any third-party. This means
that if Martin Strauss Technologies is sued because of a subscriber's or customer of a subscriber's activity,
the subscriber will pay any damages awarded against Martin Strauss Technologies, plus costs and reasonable
We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including
Martin Strauss Technologies and its subscribers, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about
a subscriber's violation of this AUP should be sent to