Terms of Service (ToS)
Revision 1.05 – Last Updated January 2014
FidoNet Registration Services Ltd, (“The Company”) agrees to furnish services to the Subscriber, subject to the following TOS (Terms of Service).
Use of FidoNet Service constitutes acceptance and agreement to FidoNet’s AUP as well as FidoNet’s TOS (Terms of Service).
All provisions of this contract are subject to the TOS (Terms of Service) of FidoNet Registration Services Ltd and Fido LLC and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). The AUP may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the Company. Subscriber understands that change to the AUP by the Company shall not be grounds for early contract termination or non-payment.
This Agreement shall be construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
- Disclosure to Authorities:The AUP specifically prohibits the use of our service for illegal activities. Therefore, Subscriber agrees that the Company may disclose any and all subscriber information including assigned IP numbers, account history, account use, etc. to any law enforcement agent who makes a written request without further consent or notification to the Subscriber. In addition FidoNet shall have the right to terminate all service set forth in this Agreement.
- Service Rates:Subscriber acknowledges that the nature of the service furnished and the initial rates and charges have been communicated to Subscriber. Subscriber is aware that the Company may prospectively change the specified rates and charges from time to time. The promotional offer is contingent upon Company achieving and maintaining its cost of service goals including but not limited to rates charged to company by its suppliers.
- Payment:Establishment of this service is dependent upon receipt by the Company of payment of stated charges. Subsequent payments are due on the anniversary date of the month for that month’s service. All accounts and services provided by FidoNet are subject to UK VAT @ the prevailing rate.
- Payments and Fees:Credit cards that are declined for any reason are subject to a £ 5.00 administration fee. Service will be interrupted on accounts that reach 25 days past due. Services interrupted for nonpayment are subject to a £ 50 reconnection charge. Accounts not paid by due date are subject to a £ 5.00 late fee. Accounts that are not collectable by FidoNet may be turned over to an outside collection agency for collection. If your account is turned over for collection, you agree to pay the company a “Processing and Collection” Fee of not less than £ 50 nor more than £ 250. If you desire to cancel your account, please follow the proper procedure to do this as outlined in this TOS.
- Right of “Set Off” or Offset: FidoNet retains the right to withhold any payments to a supplier if that supplier is in arrears on their payments to FidoNet for services supplied. Further more, FidoNet reserves the right to offset monies owed in the case of default or other failure to pay on behalf of the client.
- Refund and Disputes:All payments to FidoNet are nonrefundable. This includes the one time setup fee and subsequent charges regardless of usage. All overcharges or billing disputes must be reported within 60 days of the time the dispute occurred. If you dispute a charge to your credit card issuer that, in FidoNet’s sole discretion is a valid charge under the provisions of the TOS and /or AUP, you agree to pay FidoNet an “Administrative Fee” of not less than £ 50 and not more than £ 150 in addition to any outstanding amounts.
- Failure to Pay: The Company may temporarily deny service or terminate this Agreement upon the failure of Subscriber to pay charges when due. Such termination or denial will not relieve Subscriber of responsibility for the payment of all accrued charges, plus reasonable interest and any collection fees.
- Account Cancellation:All requests for cancelling accounts must be made in writing with at least 30 days notice but not more than 60 days prior written notice and sent to FidoNet Attn: Cancellations, 74 Harwoods Road, Watford, WD18 7RE or you may call 0845-004-3050, fax the cancellation request to 0845-004-3051 or preferably submit the cancellation request online through the Control Panel. You must provide all relevant account information to cancel.
- Service Interruption Subscriber acknowledges that the service provided is of such a nature that service can be interrupted for many reasons other than the negligence of the company and that damages resulting from any interruption of service are difficult to ascertain. Therefore, subscriber agrees that the company shall not be liable for any damages arising from such causes beyond the direct and exclusive control of the company. Subscriber further acknowledges that the company’s liability for its own negligence may not in any event exceed an amount equivalent to charges payable by subscriber for services during the period damages occurred. In no event shall the company be liable for any special or consequential damages, loss or injury.
- New Domain Accounts:All new web hosting accounts involving new domains will be set up and entered into our DNS servers within 3 to 5 business days. Due to unforeseen complications, however, this process may sometimes require up to 7 business days.
- Transfer of Domains:New web hosting accounts which involve the transfer of a domain from another provider to FidoNet Registration Services Ltd will require a minimum of seven (7) days to be set up and entered into our DNS servers. In some cases, such transfers may take up to sixty (60) days. Due to the unpredictable nature of the transfer process, no guarantees are made regarding the amount of time a specific transfer may take.
- Support Boundaries: FidoNet, provides 24 x 7 technical support to our subscribers (except for few holidays and short company meetings when we close our centre.) We limit our technical support to our area of expertise. The following are our guidelines when providing support: FidoNet provides support related to your server or virtual site physical functioning. FidoNet does not offer tech support for application specific issues such as cgi programming, html or any other such issue. FidoNet does not provide technical support for YOUR customers. If you can email, we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are able to get online and have other questions, the answers may be on our home page at http://www.fido.net/support/ – we encourage you to check there first. Lastly, the Help files in the program you are using may have the answer to your question so please do investigate these resources before calling tech support.
- SPAM and Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE):FidoNet takes a zero tolerance approach to the sending of Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) or SPAM over our network. Very simply this means that customers of FidoNet may not use or permit others to use our network to transact in UCE. Customers of FidoNet may not host, or permit hosting of, sites or information that is advertised by UCE from other networks. Violations of this policy carry severe penalties, including termination of service.
- Violation of FidoNet’s SPAM policy will result in severe penalties. Upon notification of an alleged violation of our SPAM policy, FidoNet will initiate an immediate investigation (within 48 hours of notification). During the investigation, FidoNet may restrict customer access to the network to prevent further violations. If a customer is found to be in violation of our SPAM policy, FidoNet may, at its sole discretion, restrict, suspend or terminate customer’s account. Further, FidoNet reserves the right to pursue civil remedies for any costs associated with the investigation of a substantiated policy violation. FidoNet will notify law enforcement officials if the violation is believed to be a criminal offence.
- First violations of this policy will result in an “Administrative Fee” of £ 250 and your account will be reviewed for possible immediate termination. A second violation will result in an “Administrative Fee” of £ 500 and immediate termination of your account. Users who violate this policy agree that in addition to these “Administrative” penalties, they will pay “Research Fees” not to exceed £ 175 per hour that FidoNet personnel must spend to investigate the matter. PLEASE, DO NOT SPAM from your account.
- As our Customers are ultimately responsible for the actions of their clients over the FidoNet network, it is advisable that Customers develop a similar, or stricter, policy for their clients.
- IP Address Ownership:If FidoNet assigns Customer an Internet Protocol address for Customer’s use, the right to use that Internet Protocol address shall belong only to FidoNet, and Customer shall have no right to use that Internet Protocol address except as permitted by FidoNet in its sole discretion in connection with the Services, during the term of this Agreement. FidoNet shall maintain and control ownership of all Internet Protocol numbers and addresses that may be assigned to Customer by FidoNet, and FidoNet reserves the right to change or remove any and all such Internet Protocol numbers and addresses, in its sole and absolute discretion. Our allocation of IP addresses is limited by ARIN’s new policies. These new policies state that use of IP addresses for IP based virtual hosts will not be accepted as justification for new IP addresses. What this means to you is that you MUST use name-based hosting where possible. We will periodically review IP address usage, and if we find that clients are using IP addresses where name-based hosting could be used, we will revoke authorization to use those IP addresses that could be used with name-based hosting.
- Bandwidth and Disk Usage:Customer agrees that bandwidth and disk usage shall not exceed the number of megabytes per month for the Services ordered by Customer on the Order Form (the “Agreed Usage”). FidoNet will monitor Customer’s bandwidth and disk usage. FidoNet shall have the right to take corrective action if Customer’s bandwidth or disk usage exceeds the Agreed Usage. Such corrective action may include the assessment of additional charges, disconnection or discontinuance of any and all Services, or termination of this Agreement, which actions may be taken is in FidoNet’s sole and absolute discretion. If FidoNet takes any corrective action under this section, Customer shall not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid in advance prior to such action. In the event that a customer exceeds the included allocation, FidoNet may, at its sole discretion, collect a deposit, in an amount determined by FidoNet, against customer’s credit card on file with FidoNet.
- System and Network Security:Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of the FidoNet Network. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. FidoNet will investigate occurrences, which may involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who are involved in such violations. These violations include, without limitation:
- Accessing data not intended for such User or logging into a server or account, which such User is not authorized to access.
- Attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization.
- Attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, via means of overloading, “flooding”, “mail bombing” or “crashing”.
- Forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or newsgroup posting.
- Taking any action in order to obtain services to which such User is not entitled.
- Notification of Violation:Suspension of Service or Cancellation:FidoNet reserves the right to suspend network access to any customer if in the judgment of the FidoNet network administrators the customer’s server is the source or target of the violation of any of the other terms of the AUP or for any other reason which FidoNet chooses. If inappropriate activity is detected, all accounts of the Customer in question will be deactivated until an investigation is complete. Prior notification to the Customer is not assured. In extreme cases, law enforcement will be contacted regarding the activity. The customer will not be credited for the time the customer’s machines were suspended.
- FidoNet is under no duty to look at each customer’s or user’s activities to determine if a violation of the AUP has occurred, nor do we assume any responsibility through our AUP to monitor or police Internet-related activities.
- First violation: Any User, which FidoNet determines to have violated any element of this Acceptable Use Policy, shall receive an email, warning them of the violation. The service may be subject at FidoNet’s discretion to a temporary suspension pending a User’s agreement in writing, to refrain from any further violations.
- Second Violation: Users that FidoNet determines to have committed a second violation of any element of this Acceptable Use Policy shall be subject to immediate suspension or termination of service without further notice.
- We reserve the right, to drop the section of IP space involved in Spam or Denial-of-Service complaints if it is clear that the offending activity is causing great harm to parties on the Internet. In particular, if open relays are on your network or a customer’s network, or if denial of service attacks are originating from your network. In certain rare cases, we may have to do this before attempting to contact you. If we do this, we will contact you as soon as is feasible.
- Indemnity:FidoNet wishes to emphasise that in agreeing to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Terms of Service (ToS), customer indemnifies FidoNet for any violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Terms of Service (ToS) that results in loss to FidoNet or the bringing of any claim against FidoNet by any third-party. This means that if FidoNet is sued because of a customer’s or a customer of a customer’s activity, the customer will pay any damages awarded against FidoNet, plus all costs and attorney’s fees.
- Miscellaneous Provisions: Responsibility for Content:You, as FidoNet’s customer, are solely responsible for the content stored on and served by your FidoNet server.
- You must provide us with, and keep current, good contact information for you. E-mail, fax, and telephone contacts are used, in that order of preference. a. A waiver by the Company of any breach of any provision of this Agreement by Subscriber shall not operate as or be construed as a continuing or subsequent waiver thereof or as a waiver of any breach of any other provision thereof.
- Subscriber shall not transfer or assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Company. Company may assign Agreement at anytime without consent from or notice to Subscriber. Company reserves right to cancel customers rights under this contract at anytime without further obligation.
- FidoNet takes no responsibility for any material input by others and not posted to the FidoNet Network by FidoNet. FidoNet is not responsible for the content of any other websites linked to the FidoNet Network; links are provided as Internet navigation tools only. FidoNet disclaims any responsibility for any such inappropriate use and any liability to any person or party for any other person or party’s violation of this policy.
- FidoNet is not responsible for any damages your business may suffer. FidoNet does not make implied or written warranties for any of our services. FidoNet denies any warranty or merchantability for a specific purpose. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, wrong delivery, and any and all service interruptions caused by FidoNet.
- It is absolutely forbidden to host pornographic content or IRC servers on Virtual Server Accounts. Virtual Server Accounts found hosting this material will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.
- All hosting contracts with FidoNet are on an annual basis unless explicitly noted in the package descriptions. We offer a monthly payment option on most plans, this does not infer that a plan is not on an annual contract.
- Legal Jurisdiction:For the avoidance of doubt this contract and all services are provided and governed by the laws of the England. All disputes will be resolved in English courts. The purchase and continued use of FidoNet services implies your acceptance of these terms and conditions