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Usenet Personal Account Terms of Service

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully. By signing up with Giganews, you agree to abide by the following terms, as well as our Acceptable Usage Policy. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Privacy and Security

Computer security and privacy are complex issues. It is important to understand these points:

  • We will cooperate with law enforcement officials and with other system administrators in the legitimate investigation of suspicious activity.
  • Intentional violations of the privacy of other users, whether on our system or at another site, will be grounds for immediate termination of your account and may lead to criminal prosecution or civil penalties.
  • We will not intentionally disclose the contents of private files without the member's permission or a court order.

Copyright Infringement And Hacking

You are responsible for determining the legal status of any intellectual property you use or duplicate through our system. Some of the material available on the network is copyrighted, and some of it may have been distributed in violation of copyright laws. We cannot and do not review the information flowing through or stored on our system.

You agree not to violate copyright laws by transferring copyrighted works through our system or by causing them to be transferred or stored without the permission of the copyright holder. Posting of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder can be grounds for suspension of posting or termination of your account.

We consider the exchange of information about security mechanisms to be protected speech. However, traffic in access codes, credit card numbers, or similar information is a crime that we take seriously. We expect you to respect the rights and privacy of all users and to use your account only for lawful purposes.

Controversial and Explicit Material

We cannot be and are not responsible for the contents of any of your communications through Giganews. The Internet and Usenet are large communities that regard censorship as worse than obscenity. Through our service, you will have access to and you will at some time or another become exposed to materials that you find offensive. Such materials include sexually explicit text and (encoded) images, pro-religious and anti-religious debate, questionable political views, and hateful speech. Giganews expressly disclaims liability for any harm resulting from encountering such material.

Account Usage

Giganews individual accounts are offered as single user, personal accounts. This means that only the owner of the account is allowed to use that account. Sharing of accounts is not allowed and may be cause for termination. The account owner accepts full responsibility for all usage of the account. If an account owner chooses to allow others to access their account, Giganews will still hold the account owner responsible for any instances of inappropriate or abusive posting through that account.

Billing & Settlement

Continuing Service Invoice

Continuing services will be billed in advance. Each month's invoice will be generated on or near your monthly billing anniversary date, and at any time your account is upgraded or recycled. Payment is due upon receipt.

Your account will automatically be renewed at the end of each service period, repeating the length of the previous service period, unless you specify otherwise. You can upgrade your service, downgrade your service, or recycle your account using our online control panel. You can cancel your service only by submitting the Cancellation Request form on our online Control Panel.

The Control Panel is located at http://www.giganews.com/.

Download Measurement and Accounting

Downloads are measured in bytes, as the articles leave our servers, and downloads are recorded, and charged to the current period, at the time the session ends. When the download limit of your account is reached, all access will be suspended completely until the account is recycled, upgraded, or renewed on the regular monthly renewal date.

If you are in the middle of a download when you reach the download limit, Giganews may, or may not, (at our sole discretion), allow you to complete the download. Bytes downloaded beyond the limit of the account may be charged to the following period, and may be cumulative, conceivably being charged to more than one future period if the limit is exceeded by a large amount.

Usage Notification

You may be notified by e-mail, at the address on record, when you approach or reach your download limit. You may also monitor the status of your downloads using our online Control Panel at http://www.giganews.com/.

Invoice Notification

Your only method for reviewing your invoices will be through the online control panel.

Payment

Giganews will accept payment via credit card and PayPal. We will attempt to charge your credit card for any balance on your account. If the first charge attempt for an invoice fails, service will be suspended. Service will be resumed when you either request us to charge the card again or give us a different card number using our online Control Panel at http://www.giganews.com/. If payment for an invoice fails repeatedly, you may need to contact our billing office via e-mail at billing@giganews.com to reactivate your service.

Cancellation

Your Giganews service can be cancelled only from our online Control Panel at http://www.giganews.com/, by the required times, as specified below.

All accounts are renewed automatically until a cancellation request is received.

Cancellations during any trial period offered by Giganews must be entered prior to the end of the trial period, specified on the startup e-mail.

Cancellations of regular (non-trial) accounts must be entered prior to the end of the current service period in order for them to take effect before the next service period begins. Cancellations submitted after the next service period begins, will take effect when that next service period is completed. Accounts rotate to the next service period, on the date indicated, at or shortly after midnight, US Central Time.

Refunds

No refunds will be given under any circumstances. No refunds will be considered for accounts deleted for violation of our Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy.

Dump Truck Data Retention:

We will retain data stored on the Dump Truck service (the "Dump Truck Data") for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. After you cancel your account, we may retain the Dump Truck Data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. Where possible (and subject to the foregoing), we generally remove the Dump Truck Data within 30 days of cancellation of service.

Duplicate Accounts

Creation of multiple accounts will require payment in full for each account created. Cancellation and refund provisions apply to each account, without regard to any other accounts you may have with Giganews.

Valid E-mail Address

Giganews provides all support and member service by e-mail. A valid e-mail address is a prerequisite to obtaining Giganews service, since your account information will be e-mailed to the address you provide. You are required to keep us notified of changes to your e-mail address, using the update feature on our control panel. Giganews may send you periodic e-mail, to this address, about the status of your account and changes in the service that might affect you.

Indemnify and Hold Harmless

You are responsible for all actions that occur in regards to your account. As a condition of service, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Giganews, its officers, employees, agents, and shareholders, for any cause of action out of your account with use or your use of the service.

Termination of Service

Giganews, reserves the right to suspend, terminate, or refuse service to anyone, at any time, for any reason.

Giganews reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any of our policies or terms of service, at any time, without prior notice.

It is the member's responsibility to stay informed of our current "Terms and Conditions", and our "Acceptable Use Policy" found at http://www.giganews.com/legal/aup.html.

By logging on to your account you agree to these Terms and Conditions and to our Acceptable Usage Policies.

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