Free Packet T.O.S.
Our Terms Of Service
This Web Hosting Agreement is between Free Packet and the person/persons who use our website hosting and domain service. Please read carefully to ensure you understand our terms before purchasing any of our products or services.
Free Packet agrees to provide the services stated for the price agreed at any given time. We do not miss lead customers with hidden costs unlike many other web hosting companies.
All customers are responsible for monitoring their storage space and bandwidth transfer each month (if applicable). Customers who go over the limit of their account will be sent an email with the option to either upgrade their account or reduce store and or storage. If customers continue to go over we will do everything possible to fix the problem. We do hold to right to suspend, or terminate accounts for continuous problems. If customers sign up for an account and cancel it within the first month they will still be charged for the full first month.
Renewal notices are emailed 14 days before the actual renewal date in your account. If you enrolled in automatic payments, you will not need to
worry about manual payments. All accounts are set up on a pre-pay basis. If payment is not received within 7 days a late fee will be added. Free Packet reserves the
right to change prices at any time, unless other terms have been agreed upon. Any account not brought current within 15 days of e-mail notice or
exceeding this time frame in any way is subject to termination. If service reaches the 7 day mark, and is suspended, a late fee will be assessed
which is 15% of the service, or $5, whichever is greatest. You are responsible for all fees owed on the account from the time it was established to the
time that you notify Free Packet to request for termination of services. Our websites currency is USD. Your particular
billing cycle corresponds to the contract length that was initially chosen at setup. Your account will automatically renew at this length unless cancelled
before hand. There is no fee for cancelled accounts that have been paid for yearly. If you cancell an account on the monthly billing cycle Free Packet can not
refund any payments made before.
All annual payments are non refundable. The only time your annual plan will end is if your account does not comply with our terms of
service/acceptable usage policy or you wish to cancel. Both monthly and annual payments are non-refundable if you account does not follow our terms of
service/acceptable usage policy.
Note: Dedicated Servers follow the same payment processes, however they follow a 7-day payment period rather than 15-days.
Cancellation and Early Termination
Customers must acknowledge that the amount of the services bought is based on customers agreement to pay the fee for the initial term or renewal term.
Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server or customer of Free Packet is strictly prohibited.
Free Packet will strongly react to any use or attempted use of an Internet account or computer without the owner's authorization. Such attempts include 'Internet Scamming' (tricking other people into releasing their passwords), password theft, security hole scanning, etc.
Any unauthorized use of accounts or computers by you, whether or not the attacked account or computer belongs to Free Packet, will result in action against you. Possible actions include warnings, account suspension or cancelation, as well as civil or criminal legal action, depending on the seriousness of the attack.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Free Packet has the right to discontinue service, or deny access to anyone who violates our policies or the terms and conditions shown below WITHOUT WARNING or PRIOR NOTICE. No refunds of fees paid will be made if account termination is due to violation of the terms outlined below.
You may not run IRC, bots or clients on shared servers. Unacceptable uses also include, but are NOT limited to: Bulk emailing, unsolicited emailing, newsgroup spamming, upload scripts (Rappidleach), pornographic content, illegal content, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, warez sites (including links to/from), cracks, software serial numbers, proxy-relaying, link farming (the act of or by use of scripts), link grinding, link-only sites, spamdexing, FFA (Free-For-All) and/or anything else determined by Free Packet to be unacceptable use of our services including abuse of server resources.
WEB APPLICATIONS and WEB ACCESSIBLE SCRIPTS - All web applications that are out-of-date and actively being exploited will be shut down immediately without prior notice. You are responsible for and should evaluate your web-based applications and scripts on a regular basis to ensure their security and orderliness.
Shared hosting accounts may also be terminated if it includes the following content or have links to the following content: Providing material that is grossly offensive to the Web community including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred, or profanity; promoting or providing instructional information about illegal activities; promoting physical harm or injury against any group or individual; displaying material containing obscene nudity or pornographic material (not applicable to managed dedicated servers); displaying material that exploits children under 18-years of age; acts of copyright infringement including offering pirated computer programs or links to such programs; information used to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, including serial or registration numbers for software programs, or any type of cracker utilities.
Disk Space Abuse
Free Packet will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. You are reponsable for monitoring your disk space usage. If you need extra disk space contact one of our staff and they will be happy to help out. You can also upgrade your hosting plan from inside your Free Packet client account.
The intention of Free Packet is to provide a large bandwidth to transfer web documents, and not an offsite storage area for
electronic files. If you violate this condition, you will be notified and given 48 hours to remedy the problem. Failure to do so will result in you
being billed for the overages.
Traffic will go unmonitored until you reach the amount of quota allocated to your specific plan. Free Packet will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.
Customers agree to use our services under the Acceptable Usage Policy which is here by incorporated with this agreement. Customers agree that Free Packet hold the right to change their AUP at any time to meet web hosting standards and laws. Amendments to the AUP are effective on the earlier of Free Packet notice to Customer that an amendment has been made, or the first day of any Renewal Term that begins subsequent to the amendment. Customer agrees to cooperate with Free Packet reasonable investigation of any suspected violation of the AUP. In the event of a dispute between Free Packet and Customer regarding the interpretation of the AUP, Free Packet commercially reasonable interpretation of the AUP shall govern.
Customer represents and warrants to Free Packet that the information he, she or it has provided and will provide to Free Packet for purposes of establishing and maintaining the service is accurate. If Customer is an individual, Customer represents and warrants to Free Packet that he or she is at least 18 years of age. Free Packet may rely on the instructions of the person listed as the Primary Customer Contact on the Order with regard to Customer's account until Customer has provided a written notice changing the Primary Customer Contract.
Unsolicited E-Mail & Spamming
Unsolicited commercial advertisements ('SPAM') are not allowed in e-mail, and will likely result in account cancelation. Free Packet takes a zero-tolerance approach to SPAM originating from its servers or for spam advertising of domains hosted within our network. If found, your account may be deleted.
The following activities are not allowed: SPAM, which includes, but is not limited to, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, and political or religious tracts (such messages may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested it from your domain); Forging, altering or removing electronic mail headers - any domain sending stealth spam will be terminated without warning and without refund. Sending numerous copies of the same or substantially similar message with the intent to disrupt a server or account ('mail bombing'); Spamming Newsgroups: Commercial advertisements are unwelcome in most Usenet discussion groups and on most e-mail mailing lists. Inappropriate posting may result in account cancelation. See the newsgroup or mailing list's charter for whether advertising is allowed or not. Sending a message to many different off-topic newsgroups, is particularly unethical and will be treated as such; Mail may not be used to harass or intimidate others. Harassment, whether through language, frequency of messages, or size of messages, is prohibited. Sending a single unwelcome message may be considered harassment. If a recipient asks to stop receiving e-mail, you must not send that person any further messages.
NOTE - If you use the services of another provider to promote a website hosted by or through Free Packet ('spamvertising'), then the provisions of the above policy shall apply as if the SPAM were sent through our servers.
Technical Support Boundaries
Free Packet provides technical support for you that encompasses within our area of expertise only. Such expertise includes assistance, troubleshooting, and debugging of our cPanel control panel interface, servers within our immediate responsibility and any other hosting related issues.
Unlike many hosting companies We do our best to help with scripts, templates and programing languages. However, under no circumstances is Free Packet obligated to help you in the installations of new application modules, templates and/or programming languages, nor in providing assistance for any errors produced by any applications that have been modified by you previously.
Each shared web hosting account comes with its own CGI-BIN. You are free to use any CGI scripts you wish, however we reserve the rights to disable any CGI script that effects normal shared server operation without prior notice.
Customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Free Packet, Free Packet's affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, demands, liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, fines, punitive damages, amounts in interest, expenses and disbursements of any kind and nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys fees) brought by a third party under any theory of legal liability arising out of or related to the actual or alleged use of Customer's services in violation of applicable law or the AUP by Customer or any person using Customer's log on information, regardless of whether such person has been authorized to use the services by Customer.
you AGREE TO DEFEND,INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Free Packet AGAINST LIABILITIES ARISING OF:
(1) ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY CAUSED BY ANY PRODUCTS SOLD OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED IN CONNECTION WITH Free Packet'S SERVER.
(2) ANY MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY THE CUSTOMER INFRINGING OR ALLEGEDLY INFRINGING ON THE PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF A THIRD PARTY
(3) COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND
(4) ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS SOLD TO CUSTOMER FROM Free Packet'S SERVER.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Free Packet does not warrant or represent that the services will be uninterrupted, error free, or completely secure. To the extent permitted by applicable law Free Packet disclaims any and all warranties including the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. To the extent permitted by applicable law all services are provided on an "As Is" basis.
Limitation of Damages
Neither party shall be liable to the other for any lost profits or any indirect, special incidental, consequential or punitive loss or damage of any kind, or for damages that could have been avoided by the use of reasonable diligence, arising in connection with the agreement, even if the party has been advised or should be aware of the possibility of such damages.
Notwithstanding anything else in the agreement to the contrary, the maximum aggregate liability of Free Packet and any of its employees, agents or affiliates, under any theory of the law (including breach of contract, tort, strict liability and infringement) shall be a payment of money not to exceed the amount payable by customer for the three months service.
Suspension of Services/Termination
Customer agrees that Free Packet may suspend services to Customer without notice and without liability if: (i) Free Packet reasonably believes that the services are being used in violation of the AUP; (ii) Customer fails to cooperate with any reasonable investigation of any suspected violation of the AUP; (iii) Free Packet reasonably believes that the suspension of service is necessary to protect its network or its other customers, or (iv) as requested by a law enforcement or regulatory agency. Customer shall pay Free Packet reasonable reinstatement fee if service is Free Packet following a suspension of service under this subsection.
The Agreement may be terminated by Customer prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term without further notice and without liability if Free Packet fails in a material way to provide the service in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and does not cure the failure within ten (10) days of Customer's written notice describing the failure in reasonable detail. The Agreement may be terminated by Free Packet prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term without further notice and without liability as follows: (i) upon five (5) days notice if Customer is overdue on the payment of any amount due under the Agreement; (ii) Customer materially violates any other provision of the Agreement, including the AUP, and fails to cure the violation within thirty (30) days of a written notice from Free Packet describing the violation in reasonable detail; (iii) upon one (1) days notice if Customer's Service is used in violation of a material term of the AUP more than once, or (iv) upon one (1) days notice if Customer violates Section 5 (Customer Information) of this Agreement. Either party may terminate this agreement upon five (5) days advance notice if the other party admits insolvency, makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors, files for bankruptcy or similar protection, is unable to pay debts as they become due, has a trustee or receiver appointed over all or a substantial portion of its assets, or enters into an agreement for the extension or readjustment of all or substantially all of its obligations.
If you break our terms of service/acceptable usage policy we hold the right to cancel any services. We will never cancel any services without trying our best to resolve the problem with you. However in extreme cases such as an account containing child pornography we hold the right to cancel services without any prior warning. We do not refund any accounts breaking our terms of service/acceptable usage policy. For example if we cancel your hosting account during your first month for breaching copyright, we will not refund you for the first month. This is to prevent people signing up for our services with the intention of breaching our terms.
Request For Customer Information
Customer agrees that Free Packet may, without notice to Customer, (i) report to the appropriate authorities any conduct by Customer or any of Customer's customers or end users that Free Packet believes violates applicable law, and (ii) provide any information that it has about Customer or any of its customers or end users in response to a formal or informal request from a law enforcement or regulatory agency or in response to a formal request in a civil action that on its face meets the requirements for such a request.
Back Up Copy
Customer agrees to maintain a current copy of all content hosted by Free Packet not with standing any agreement by Free Packet to provide back up services.
Changes To Free Packet's Network
Upgrades and other changes in Free Packet's network, including, but not limited to changes in its software, hardware, and service providers, may affect the display or operation of Customer's hosted content and/or applications. Free Packet reserves the right to change its network in its commercially reasonable discretion, and Free Packet shall not be liable for any resulting harm to Customer.
Notices to Free Packet under the Agreement shall be given via electronic mail to the e-mail address posted for customer support. Notices to Customer shall be given via electronic mail to the individual listed as the Primary Customer Contact on the Order. Notices are deemed received on the day transmitted, or if that day is not a business day, on the first business day following the day delivered. Customer may change his, her or its notice address by a notice given in accordance with this Section.
Free Packet shall not be in default of any obligation under the Agreement if the failure to perform the obligation is due to any event beyond Free Packet's control, including, without limitation, significant failure of a portion of the power grid, significant failure of the Internet, natural disaster, war, riot, insurrection, epidemic, strikes or other organized labour action, terrorist activity, or other events of a magnitude or type for which precautions are not generally taken in the industry.
The Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, exclusive of its choice of law principles, and the laws of the United States of America, as applicable. The Agreement shall not be governed by the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods.
Each party acknowledges and agrees that the other party retains exclusive ownership and rights in its trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, inventions, copyrights, and other intellectual property. Neither party may use the other party's name or trade mark without the other party's prior written consent. The parties intend for their relationship to be that of independent contractors and not a partnership, joint venture, or employer/employee. Neither party will represent itself to be agent of the other. Each party acknowledges that it has no power or authority to bind the other on any agreement and that it will not represent to any person that it has such power or authority. This Agreement may be amended only by a formal written agreement signed by both parties. The terms on Customer's purchase order or other business forms are not binding on Free Packet unless they are expressly incorporated into a formal written agreement signed by both parties. A party's failure or delay in enforcing any provision of the Agreement will not be deemed a waiver of that party's rights with respect to that provision or any other provision of the Agreement. A party's waiver of any of its right under the Agreement is not a waiver of any of its other rights with respect to a prior, contemporaneous or future occurrence, whether similar in nature or not. The captions in the Agreement are not part of the Agreement, but are for the convenience of the parties. The following provisions will survive expiration or termination of the Agreement: Fees, indemnity obligations, provisions limiting liability and disclaiming warranties, provisions regarding ownership of intellectual property, these miscellaneous provisions, and other provisions that by their nature are intended to survive termination of the Agreement. There are no third party beneficiaries to the Agreement. Neither insurers nor the customers of resellers are third party beneficiaries to the Agreement. Customer may not transfer the Agreement without Free Packet's prior written consent. Free Packet's approval for assignment is contingent on the assignee meeting Free Packet's credit approval criteria. Free Packet may assign the Agreement in whole or in part. This Agreement together with the Order and AUP constitutes the complete and exclusive agreement between the parties regarding its subject matter and supersedes and replace any prior understanding or communication, written or oral.
All files stored on Free Packet's servers must be legally-owned and be accompanied with a valid license and/or copyright. This include and is not limiting to MP3, AVI, MID, MIDI, MPG, MPEG, MOV, EXE, ISO. Should we discover any unlicensed and/or illegal files within your account, the files will be subjected to deletion.
Cancellation of Service
Free Packet reserves the right to cancel a service at any time. All fees paid in advance of cancellation will be pro-rated and paid by Free Packet if we institutes our right of cancelation. Any violation of policies which results in extra costs billed to you.
Promotional Rates & Special Offers
Free Packet may offer subsequent promotional rates or special offers, the terms of which may or may not be more favorable than the terms and conditions for your Services. Any such promotions or modifications shall not effect your obligations under this Agreement. Promotional fees may be subject to additional terms and conditions which, to the extent they conflict with the terms of this Agreement, shall govern. Different promotional fees and special offers may not be combined together. We have various special promotions that include a domain name. The cost of this domain name is usually covered by the first months payment. As a result of this our promotions are not refundable.
Intellectual Property Rights
Material accessible to you through Free Packet's services may be subject to protection under the United States or other copyright laws, or laws protecting trademarks, trade secrets and proprietary information. Except when expressly permitted by the owner of such rights, you must not use Free Packet or its servers and network in a manner that would infringe, violate, dilute or misappropriate any such rights, with respect to any material that you access or receive through the Free Packet network. If you use a domain name in connection with Free Packet or similar service, you must not use that domain name in violation of any trademark, service mark, or similar rights of any third party.
Customers may not use the Free Packet network with an attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for you, logging into a server or account you are not expressly authorized to access, password cracking, probing the security of other networks in search of weakness, or violation of any other organization's security policy. You may not attempt to interfere or deny service to any user, host, or network. This includes, but is not limited to, flooding, mail bombing, or other deliberate attempts to overload or crash a host or network. Free Packet will cooperate fully with investigations for violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations. Users who violate system or network security may incur criminal or civil liability.
Static & Dynamic Content Caching
(i) grant to Free Packet a license to cache the entirety of your website, including content supplied by third parties, hosted by Free Packet under this Agreement and
(ii) agree that such caching is not an infringement of any of your intellectual property rights or any third party's intellectual property rights.
IP Address Ownership
Free Packet shall maintain and control ownership of all IP numbers and addresses that may be assigned to you by Free Packet. Free Packet reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to change or remove any and all such IP numbers and addresses.
IP Spamming & Port Blocking
SPAM Blocks are put in place when the network is flagged for SPAM at the SPAM Score of 400 or higher. Once it reaches the 400-level, a fee is assessed to accommodate the network interference. The fee is $0.25/IP that is blocked.
Free Packet reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. You may only use Free Packet server for lawful purposes and our services may not be used for illegal purposes or in support of illegal activities. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing. If anything is not legal in the United States of America, it is not permitted to reside on our servers. Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes but not limiting 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. Examples of non-acceptable content or links: 'Pirated Warez', OGG, AVI, MPEG, ISO, 'Hacker programs or archives', 'Copyrighted Digital Movie Copies (DIVX)' and 'Unlicensed MP3'. The designation of any materials as such described above is left entirely to the discretion of Free Packet management. If illegal content or usage is found, the account will be suspended and/or terminated. You agree that Free Packet may disclose any and all your 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. Regardless of the place of signing this agreement, you agree that for purposes of venue this contract is entered in McDowell County, North Carolina, and any dispute will be litigated or arbitrated in Washington County, Minnesota. Defendants further waive all objections to venue and acknowledge that venue in any such litigation will be held in Fremont courts. IN NO EVENT SHALL Free Packet'S MAXIMUM LIABILITY EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS.
Free Packet follows the strict guidelines of our customer privacy statement. Please make sure you understand this statement fully.
Last Revised: May 28th, 2019 - "IP Spamming & Port Blocking" Section Added. Effective Immediately.