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Documentation for free.bm | Terms of Use Policy | The Electronic Transactions Act 1999 | Standard for Electronic Transactions |


Terms of Use Policy

As a provider of Internet access, web site hosting, and other Internet-related services, free.bm offers its members, and their customers and users, the means to acquire and disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial, and non-commercial information. free.bm respects that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information, however, when there are competing interests at issue, free.bm reserves the right to take certain preventative or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, free.bm has developed an Terms of Use Policy, which is intended as a guide to the member's rights and obligations when utilizing the free.bm's services. This Terms of Use Policy will be revised from time to time. A member's use of free.bm's services after changes to the Terms of Use Policy are posted on free.bm web site will constitute the customer's acceptance of any new or additional terms of the Terms of Use Policy that result from those changes.

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 members obtain information through the Internet, they must keep in mind that free.bm cannot monitor, verify, warrant, or vouch for the accuracy and quality of the information that members may acquire. For this reason, the member 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 free.bm cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, free.bm cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its members that results from inaccurate, unsuitable, offensive, or illegal Internet communications.

When members disseminate information through the Internet, they also must keep in mind that free.bm does not review, edit, censor, or take responsibility for any information its members 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 free.bm's systems and may reach a large number of people, including both members and non-members of free.bm, members' postings to the Internet may affect other members and may harm the free.bm's goodwill, business reputation, and operations. For these reasons, members violate free.bm policy and the service agreement when they, engage in the following prohibited activities:

Redirection -- The automated redirection of a member domain address to another domain address will not be permitted.

Spamming -- Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet (known as "spamming"). Spamming has its negative impact on consumer attitudes toward free.bm and will not be tolerated.

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. free.bm is required by law to remove or block access to member content upon receipt of a proper notice of copyright infringement. It is also free.bm's policy to terminate the privileges of members who commit repeat violations of copyright laws.

Obscene Speech or Materials -- Using free.bm's network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available pornography or obscene speech or material. The Bermuda Sun is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of pornography on or being transmitted through free.bm's site.

Defamatory or Abusive Language -- Using free.bm's network as a means to transmit or post defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening language.

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 Terms of Use Policy -- Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service that is designed to violate this Terms of Use Policy, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mailbombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.

Usenet Groups -- free.bm reserves the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the Terms of Use Policy.

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 free.bm determines to be harmful to its members, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations.

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

free.bm 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, the Bermuda Sun urges its members to assume that all of their on-line communications are insecure. free.bm cannot take any responsibility for the security of information transmitted over free.bm's facilities.

free.bm may disclose information, including but not limited to, information concerning a member, 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. free.bm assumes no obligation to inform the member that member information has been provided and in some cases may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, free.bm may disclose member information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect free.bm and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system.

Finally, free.bm wishes to emphasize that the registration process, members indemnify free.bm for any violation of the service agreement, law, or free.bm policy, that results in loss to free.bm or the bringing of any claim against free.bm by any third-party. This means that if free.bm is sued because of a member's actions the member will pay any damages awarded against free.bm, plus costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.

We hope this Terms of Use Policy is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including free.bm and its members, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a member's violation of this Terms of Use Policy should be sent to freemaster@free.bm.