Terms and Conditions
Acceptable Use Policy
We reserve the right to suspend or terminate a user's account for any reason and at any
time. Some examples of situations that would possibly warrant termination of a user's
Illegal use. Using the Services to
transmit any material (by email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that violates any
applicable local, state, or national law.
Harm to minors. Using the Services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in
Threats and Harassment. Using the Services to transmit any material (by
email, uploading, posting, or otherwise) that harasses, threatens or encourages bodily
harm or destruction of property.
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 (SPAM). 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.
Unauthorized access. Using the Services to access, or to attempt to
access, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security
measures of Websurf'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 of data.
Network disruptions and unfriendly activity. Using the Services for any
activity which adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use EarthLink
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.
Sharing your account. There is nothing wrong with showing someone around
the Internet; however, our accounts are individual user accounts. Users may not share
their user IDs and passwords with others.
Violations of net etiquette. The Internet is a point of focus of free
speech. Often, matters of race, religion, sexual preference, and political standing are
discussed in ways which may offend a user. We will investigate any complaints we receive
and try to suggest a more appropriate newsgroup or forum to a user, or perhaps a different
approach. Please use your best judgment or we will have to make a judgment for you. If a
user's presence on our systems jeopardizes our primary purpose, we may suspend or
terminate that user's account. We reserve the right to issue a warning in place of a
suspension or termination.
Propagating chain letters via e-mail, Usenet news, or other Internet services.
We ask that businesses, organizations, or individuals who would like to use the Internet
for advertising contact us first. Advertising is a touchy subject on the Internet, and the
more overt methods can meet with an overwhelming negative response. There are a variety of
effective methods of advertising without bringing down the wrath of the Net, and we would
like the opportunity to direct users to them.