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Power to Learn Internet Services - Acceptable Use Policy

This Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") has been created to promote the integrity, security, reliability, and privacy of Cablevision's Internet Product Network and Power to Learn Internet Service ("the Service"). The AUP works in conjunction with your Agreement for Power to Learn Internet Service and associated attachments, of each particular product and specifies actions that are prohibited by users of the Service. Cablevision reserves the right to modify the AUP at any time and any such modifications shall be automatically effective to all users when adopted by Cablevision's Power to Learn. The most updated AUP can always be found on http://www.powertolearn.com. The customer recognizes and agrees that the on-line AUP to be maintained by Cablevision's Power to Learn will supercede all previous versions of this document.

Use of the Service is subject to the following rules and guidelines as well as product specific agreements. Each customer of the Service is responsible for ensuring that the use of all services provided complies with this AUP and associated agreements. Any user who does not agree to be bound by these terms should immediately stop their use of the Service and notify Cablevision Customer Service to terminate the account.

Illegal Use
The Service may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission or distribution of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws. Furthermore, use of the Service to impersonate a person or entity is not permitted.

Examples of illegal use includes, without limitation, the following:

  • Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet (known as "spamming")
  • Maintaining an open SMTP relay
Facilitating a Violation of this Policy
  • Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software, program, product, or service that is designed to violate this Policy, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mailbombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software.
Infringing Intellectual Property Rights

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.
  • Violates privacy, publicity, or other personal rights of others
Obscene Speech or Materials
  • Using Power to Learn Internet Services to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or other forms of pornography or obscene speech or material. Power to Learn shall notify law enforcement agencies when it becomes aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through Power to Learn Internet Services.
Promoting Violence or Injury
  • Advocating, promoting or providing assistance in carrying out violence or any other unlawful activity against any persons, animals or any governments, businesses or other entities.
  • Describing or displaying a weapon, or parts of weapons, or manuals for assembling any weapon, including but not limited to firearms, ammunition, explosives, grenades, bombs and caustic or other dangerous substances.
  • Promoting products or services that involve a significant risk of death or injury to any persons, or damage to business or other entities or property.
Defamatory or Abusive Language
  • Using Power to Learn Internet Services 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").
  • Engaging in 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.
  • Engaging in 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.
Export Control Violations
  • Exporting encryption software over the Internet or otherwise, to points outside Canada or the United States.
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.
  • Engaging in or promoting gambling.
Promoting Intoxicants
  • Displaying or promoting any type(s) of intoxicant, alcoholic beverage, cigarettes or illegal substance.
Instructing others in Prohibited Activities
  • Providing instructions with respect to any activities listed in (a) through (n) above.
Other Activities
  • Engaging in any other activity, whether lawful or unlawful, that Cablevision in its sole discretion determines to be harmful to customers, operations, reputation, goodwill, or customer relations.
System and Network Security
Violations of system or network security are prohibited and may result in criminal and civil liability. Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation, the following:
  • Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of a system or network, relay communication through a resource, or to breach security or authentication measures without express authorization of the owner of the system or network.
  • Unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on any network or system without express authorization of the owner or network.
  • Interference with service to any user, host, or network, including but not limited to: mail bombing, flooding, or denial of service attacks.
  • Forging the header of any transmitted information packet, email, or Usenet posting.
  • Modifying or tampering with any hardware, software, or configuration provided by Cablevision including but not limited to: routers, switches, and cable modem configuration files.
  • Disrupting any aspect of the Cablevision Internet Network through any means.
  • Excessive use of bandwidth, that in Cablevision's sole opinion, goes above normal usage or goes beyond the limit allocated to the user.
  • Assuming or assigning a Cablevision IP address that was not allocated to the user by Cablevision or its network - all residential users must use DHCP to acquire an IP address unless a static IP was purchased as part of your Agreement.
Electronic Mail
Spam - Cablevision defines "SPAM" as any email or electronic communication including, but not limited to, instant messenger programs, IRC, Usenet, etc. that promotes or advertises a service, product, cause, opinion, money making opportunity, or the like that the recipient did not specifically request from the sender. The communication does not necessarily have to pass through the Service's email infrastructure - it only needs to originate from a service user.

Cablevision maintains a zero-tolerance policy on Spam for all of its Internet products and will take immediate action against users violating this policy.

Cablevision's internet services may not be used to collect responses from unsolicited email regardless of the email's origination. Moreover, unsolicited email may not direct the recipient to any web site or other resource that uses the Service and the user may not reference the Service in the header or by listing an IP address that belongs to the Service in any unsolicited email even if that email is not sent through the Service or its infrastructure.

Users may not send any type of communication to any individual who has indicated that he/she does not wish to receive messages from them. Continuing to send email messages to anyone that has expressly requested not to receive email from you is considered to be harassment.

USENET/Internet Chat
Users may not SPAM newsgroups or chat rooms and must comply with the written charters, FAQs, rules, or terms of service for those forums the user chooses to participate. The user is responsible for determining the policies of a given group/room before posting to it. Additionally, users are not permitted to:
  • Cross-post the same or substantially similar message excessively - in Cablevision's sole opinion.
  • Post binary files to non-binary groups.
  • Flood or disrupt a group.
Abusable Resources
Customers shall take all necessary steps to avoid actions that result in the abuse of a resource on their network. Examples of abusable resources include but are not limited to: open news servers, open SMTP servers, insecure routers, wireless access and insecure proxy servers. Upon notification from Cablevision, users are required to address the problem in a timely fashion. Failure to address an issue after notification will be considered a violation of this AUP. Not all products permit use of these types of services, please refer to your product specific TOS for further clarification.

User Responsibility
The user is solely responsible for the security and misuse of any device that is connected to the Service. Cablevision recommends that users implement appropriate measures to secure their systems and these measures may include installation of firewalls, antivirus protection with regular updates, regularly checking for and applying security patches for software and operating systems, and general security conscience use of the service.

Service users must take appropriate action to prevent their systems from becoming infected with and/or distributing computer viruses. Cablevision will take appropriate (as decided by Cablevision) action against users infected with computer viruses or worms to prevent further spread.

Cablevision reserves the right to investigate violations of this Policy, including the gathering of information from the user or users involved and the complaining party, if any, and the examination of material on Cablevision's servers and network. Cablevision prefers to advise customers of AUP violations and any necessary corrective action but, if Cablevision, in its sole discretion, determines that a user has violated the AUP, Cablevision will take any responsive action that is deemed appropriate without prior notification. Such action includes but is not limited to: temporary suspension of service, reduction of service resources, and termination of service. Cablevision is not liable for any such responsive action and these actions are not exclusive. Cablevision may take any other legal or technical action it deems appropriate.

Customer shall comply, at a minimum, with Cablevision's privacy standards and on-line terms of use and shall be in compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

The failure of Cablevision to enforce this policy, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to do so at any time.

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