Last Updated: 04 Nov 2004 GMT +8
As a provider of web site hosting, and other Internet-related services, CHOON.NET offers its clients, and their customers and users, the means to disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial, and non-commercial information. CHOON.NET respects that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information, however, when there are competing interests at issue, CHOON.NET reserves the right to take certain preventative or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, CHOON.NET 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 CHOON.NET’s services. This AUP will be revised from time to time. A customer's use of CHOON.NET's services after changes to the AUP are posted on CHOON.NET’s web site, www.choon.net, will constitute the customer's acceptance of any new or additional terms of the AUP 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 to disseminate information to others.
When information is disseminated through the Internet, they also must keep in mind that CHOON.NET does not review, edit, censor, or take responsibility for any information its clients 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 CHOON.NET’s network and may reach a large number of people, including both clients and non-clients of CHOON.NET, clients' postings to the Internet may affect other clients and may harm CHOON.NET’s goodwill, business reputation, and operations. For these reasons, clients violate CHOON.NET policy and the service agreement when they, their customers, affiliates, or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:
- Obscene Speech or Materials
- Using CHOON.NET's network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or material. CHOON.NET is required by law to notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through CHOON.NET's network.
- 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 CHOON.NET, but also because it can overload CHOON.NET's network and disrupt service to CHOON.NET clients. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, CHOON.NET has the discretion to determine from all of the evidence whether the Email recipients were from an "opt-in" Email list. Refer to our UCE/SPAM Policy for more information.
- 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. CHOON.NET is required by law to remove or block access to customer content upon receipt of a proper notice of copyright infringement. It is also CHOON.NET’s policy to terminate the privileges of customers who commit repeat violations of copyright laws.
- Defamatory or Abusive Language
- Using CHOON.NET’s 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).
- Background Running Programs
- Background Daemons in general are prohibited on CHOON.NET servers, including, but not limited to, IRC bots, egg drop, BitchX, XiRCON, warez sites and any other program that interferes with normal server operation.
CHOON.NET will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes a violation of the above policy.
- 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, mail bombing, 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, mail bombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.
- Export Control Violations
- Exporting encryption software over the Internet or otherwise, to points outside the Singapore.
- Usenet Groups
- CHOON.NET 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 CHOON.NET determines to be harmful to its clients, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations.
As we have pointed out, the responsibility for avoiding the harmful activities just described rests primarily with the client. CHOON.NET will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of its client to ensure that they comply with CHOON.NET policy or applicable law. When CHOON.NET 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.
CHOON.NET 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, CHOON.NET urges its clients to assume that all of their on-line communications are insecure. CHOON.NET cannot take any responsibility for the security of information transmitted over CHOON.NET’s facilities.
CHOON.NET will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages sent or received by its clients unless required to do so by law, governmental authority, or when public safety is at stake. CHOON.NET may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, CHOON.NET may disclose information, including but not limited to, information concerning a client, 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. CHOON.NET assumes no obligation to inform the client that client information has been provided and in some cases may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, CHOON.NET may disclose client information or information transmitted over its network where necessary to protect CHOON.NET and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system.
We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including CHOON.NET and its clients, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a client's violation of this AUP should be sent to .