Rules:AUP

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                  The CollectiveIRC Acceptable Use Policy
     				       v1.0
			Last modified on Aug 04, 2008

    Part 1
           I. Introduction
           II. Rights and Responsibilities
           III. Enforcement

    Part 2
           Conduct Which Violates this Policy
           Further Information

                                    PART 1

   I. Introduction



    This Acceptable Use Policy governs the use of computers and servers on
    the CollectiveIRC Internet Relay Chat Network, including but not limited to,
    its chat forums, web pages, and e-mail services. As a user of these resources,
    you are responsible for reading and understanding this document. This
    document protects the users of CollectiveIRC, computing hardware and
    networks, and system administrators.


    Connection to the CollectiveIRC IRC network is a privilege, not a right. 
    CollectiveIRC reserves the right to deny access to its network without advanced 
    warning and without being under any obligation to provide a reason. Where a reason
    is provided, it is done so at the discretion of CollectiveIRC.


    CollectiveIRC is an unmoderated forum made possible by the donations of its
    service providers and volunteer staff. By connecting to CollectiveIRC you
    accept that you are a guest on a private system. Your privilege of
    use is revokable at any time for any reason. Further you accept that
    you have no claim to any data maintained by CollectiveIRC that you have used.


    CollectiveIRC does not control/monitor the content transmitted via its services
    and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of
    such content. You understand that by using CollectiveIRC, you may be exposed to
    content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no
    circumstances will CollectiveIRC be liable in any way for any content, including, but
    not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or
    damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted,
    emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via CollectiveIRC.


    CollectiveIRC reserves the right to alter this AUP and any terms and
    conditions of service at any time without prior notice. However, a
    notice will be sent as an announcement and/or our mailing list at least 10
    days in advance of such changes if possible. Notice is deemed given
    when sent.


    The CollectiveIRC AUP is under constant review. We consider comments from our
    users and from experienced staff. We will change this document from
    time to time. You are subject to the AUP in effect at the time you use
    any CollectiveIRC resource/service, and to each revision of the AUP that
    becomes effective subsequently. This version of the CollectiveIRC AUP supersedes
    all earlier versions.


    The formation, construction, and performance of the AUP will be construed
    in accordance with the laws of the USA. If any provision of the AUP is
    held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the AUP will nevertheless
    remain in full force and effect. If any provision is held invalid or
    unenforceable with respect to particular circumstances, it will nevertheless
    remain in full force and effect in all other circumstances.


   II. Rights and Responsibilities



    This network can provide access to resources locally, as well as the
    ability to communicate with other users worldwide. Such open access is
    a privilege and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users
    must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the
    systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws,
    regulations, and contractual obligations. Since electronic information
    is volatile and easily reproduced, users must exercise care in
    acknowledging and respecting the work of others through strict
    adherence to software licensing agreements and copyright laws. CollectiveIRC will
    openly and fully cooperate with any duly authorized law enforcement agency
    in their efforts to enforce their laws.

    By using CollectiveIRC, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless CollectiveIRC,
    its resource providers, officers, operators, administrators, and
    other agents from any and all claims, costs, expenses, judgments,
    causes of action, attorney fees, litigation and court costs,
    resulting from the subscriber's use of CollectiveIRC services in any manner,
    whether directly or indirectly or by any act or omission.


    You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any
    and all laws, statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to (1) your
    use of any CollectiveIRC service, (2) the communications means by which you
    connect your terminal, personal computer or other device to CollectiveIRC
    services or to any service provided to and by CollectiveIRC, and (3) the
    local CollectiveIRC server you connect to as stated or referenced to in its
    Message of the Day (/motd).


    Your rights herein granted cannot be transferred, assigned, shared, sold,
    or used by anyone other than yourself.


    CollectiveIRC has the right to delete ALL data files, or other information
    that is stored in any database operated by a CollectiveIRC officer or under
    the auspices of CollectiveIRC once your nick/channel's registration has been
    terminated, by either you or CollectiveIRC.


    No warranty is made by CollectiveIRC regarding any information, services or
    products provided through, in connection with, or located on the
    computer systems owned by, or operated under the auspices of, CollectiveIRC
    or any other services provided by CollectiveIRC. CollectiveIRC hereby expressly
    disclaims any and all warranties, including without limitation (i) any
    warranties as to the availability, accuracy, or content of
    information, products, or services; and, (ii) any warranties of
    merchantabilitiy or fitness for a particular purpose.


    CollectiveIRC shall have no liability for damages caused or allegedly caused
    by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption,
    electrical surge or damage or interference, deletion, defect, delay in
    operation or transmission, communication line failure.


    No agent, officer, or representative of CollectiveIRC has any authority to
    bind CollectiveIRC to any affirmation, representation, or warranty concerning
    the services provided by CollectiveIRC.




   III. Enforcement



    Minor infractions of this policy, when accidental, such as connecting
    multiple clients, or flooding, are generally resolved informally by a
    network operator and may result in temporary removal from the network
    (/kill) or dealt with through electronic mail or on-line discussion
    and education.


    Repeated minor infractions or misconduct which is more serious may
    result in the temporary or permanent loss of network access privileges
    (k-line) or the modification of those privileges. More serious
    violations include, but are not limited to unauthorized use of
    nickserv/chanserv accounts, attempts to steal passwords or data,
    repeated harassment, or threatening behavior. In addition the
    offender's service provider will most likely be informed.

    Harassment, as mentioned above, shall include, but is not limited 
    to, the following:

    (*) Repeated unwanted communication to a user beyond that user's 
        reasonably expected ability to deal with the situation (e.g. 
        /ignore & /silence).
    (*) The use of network resources to publicly (viewable from outside 
        a channel; e.g. in a /topic) antagonize, defame, or demean any 
        person.
    (*) Transmitting, without consent, a person's private/privileged
        identification and/or financial information. Examples being: 
        Real Name, Phone Number, Address, Social Security Number, Bank 
        Accounts Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, etc ...
    
    [Note: Channels structured to facilitate harassment as detailed 
           above are subject to closure.]

    Upon receiving a gline or global ban, the user is on notice that they are no longer
    authorized to access CollectiveIRC's systems. Any attempt to circumvent the
    restriction will be considered trespass and subject to civil prosecution.
    The user is instructed to contact gline@collectiveirc.net via e-mail to facilitate
    the removal of the restriction and to once again be authorized to use the
    system.

    CollectiveIRC endeavors to allow all persons to be able to use its services
    in a free and unmoderated manner. However, CollectiveIRC will exercise
    its right to remove users at its own determination, when it feels that
    doing so benefits the community as a whole. There are times when accomplishing
    this requires restricting access to an entire ISP. CollectiveIRC will make every effort
    to work with the affected ISP to track down and restrict just the offending
    individual(s) and once again allow access to the ISP's normal userbase.


    The failure of CollectiveIRC to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the AUP
    shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

                                    PART 2



    Definition: An "account" with regard to any of CollectiveIRC's services
    (Auth/Nickserv, CServe, MemoServ etc) is the data within said services
    that is designated for a specific user based upon their selected
    nickname and/or channel. Access to an "account" is derived by appearing
    with a recognizable user address and/or supplying an appropriate
    password. Upon creating an account, the user assumes full responsibility
    for the confidentiality of your account/password. You are responsible for
    all uses of your account, whether or not actually or expressly authorized
    by you.

    Conduct which violates this policy includes, but is not limited to, the
    activities in the following list.

    * Unauthorized access of a nick/channel account.

    * Using CollectiveIRC to gain unauthorized access to any computer systems.

    * Connecting unauthorized servers to the network.

    * Unauthorized attempts to circumvent data protection schemes or
    uncover security loopholes. This includes creating and/or running
    programs that are designed to identify security loopholes and/or
    decrypt intentionally secure data.

    * Knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with
    the normal operations of computers, servers, or processes on CollectiveIRC.

    * Knowingly or carelessly running any program that may damage or
    place excessive load on a server or the network. This includes, but is
    not limited to, mass-invites, mass-messages, and programs known as
    floodbots and clonebots.

    * Connecting an automated client (bot, fserv, etc..) to a CollectiveIRC
    server without prior authorization by that server's administration.

    * Using CollectiveIRC resources for commercial activity, such as advertising
    or selling a product, for the purpose of financial gain, without prior
    approval of the CollectiveIRC administration.

    * Forging the identity of a user or machine in an electronic
    communication.

    * Displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text on a
    public channel without the prior consent of that channel's operators.

    * Intentionally repeating or transmitting material in a rapid manner
    producing the affect of harassing a user by "flooding" them.

    * Intentionally communicating with a user or staff member for the sole purpose
    of harassment or in a manner which users and/or IRCops feel they are being harassed.

    * Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user's electronic
    communications, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting any part of
    another user's auth/nickserv, CServe or memoserv account without the explicit
    agreement of the owner.

    * Using a channel for the primary purpose of facilitating the transfer
    of files or having a channel that is named in a manner that suggests it's
    primary purpose is to facilitate the transfering of files.

    For further information on anything contained in this document, please
    contact katsklaw@collectiveirc.net or while online, /join #help and ask to be
    contacted by a CollectiveIRC Manager.
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