Acceptable Use Policy
If you have any questions that fall outside of the subjects covered,
please feel free to contact our management at your convenience for
IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THIS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY,
DISCONTINUE THE USE OF YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY! AND CONTACT MINNESOTA
ONLINE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT.
Users of Minnesota OnLine agree to abide by this acceptable use policy,
by continued use of the system and by their subscription to the system.
The following are prohibited uses of your Minnesota Online account, and
can cause Immediate suspension of services:
- Giving others access to your account. Accounts are for one person or
business account only. Multiple logins using a single login ID are NOT
permitted (unless MNO provides for special provisioning).
- Use of one
User ID or IP Address to simultaneously connect to Minnesota OnLine from
the same or from more than one location., unless MNO provides for
- Each dial-up user is entitled to engage a
maximum of one dialup line at a time; however, multiple Telnet
connections are permitted, with or without a dialup connection being in
effect at the time.
- Use of any program that establishes or
reestablishes an unattended connection, for example, using automatic
re-dialing programs or mailers that automatically download mail while
you are away. Access is for interactive use only.
- SHELL accounts,
with exception to UUCP accounts, that use SLIP emulators (such as TIA,
SLIRP, etc.), ping daemons, and other programs that simulate an active
connection or run in the background is not permitted, unless provisioned
by MNO. Accounts that use these emulators will be force upgraded to a
dedicated SLIP/PPP account and will be billed accordingly.
your account to provide Internet bound access to your computer. In other
words, using your computer and connection as a "server" instead of as a
"client". Running servers on dialup SLIP/PPP is prohibited. Servers are
allowed on dedicated lines and accounts ONLY.
- All prices quoted for
personal accounts are for non-commercial use. No resale of service is
- Dedicated SLIP/PPP are not intended for resale and are for
one (1) organization only. Contact Minnesota OnLine for more information
about resale-able account pricing.
- Respect the privacy of other users. Users shall not intentionally seek
information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or
passwords belonging to other users, or represent themselves as another
user. Please remember to respect the legal protection provided by
copyright and license to programs and data. Malicious use is not
acceptable. Use should be consistent with guiding ethical statements and
accepted community standards. Minnesota OnLine's networks may not be
used in ways that violate applicable laws or regulations.
- It is
ILLEGAL to use pirated software. Anyone using, storing or trafficking
unlicensed software on Minnesota OnLine's System will have their account
terminated immediately, with NO refund of unused time available. Plus a
review for Legal accountability will be performed.
Respecting the Integrity of Computing Systems
Users shall not intentionally develop programs that harass other users
or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the
software components of a computer or computing system.
Unsolicited Emailing "SPAM"
- Minnesota OnLine will investigate complaints regarding e-mail and may,
in its sole discretion, take action based on the rules below. If an
e-mail message is found to violate one of the policies below, or to
contain unlawful material, as described in other sections of this
policy, Minnesota OnLine may take action as outlined.
OnLine account-holders may not send e-mail to any user who does not wish
to receive it, either at Minnesota OnLine or elsewhere. Minnesota Online
recognizes that e-mail is an informal medium; however, account-holders
must refrain from sending further e-mail to a user after receiving a
request to stop.
- Unsolicited advertising mailings, whether
commercial or informational, are strictly prohibited. Minnesota OnLine
account-holders may send advertising material only to addresses, which
have specifically requested it. Minnesota OnLine will not forward mail
of accounts terminated for bulk mailing or unsolicited advertising.
- Chain letters are unsolicited by definition and may not be propagated
using Minnesota OnLine services.
- Minnesota OnLine account-holders
may not send, propagate, or reply to mail-bombs. Mail-bombing is defined
as either e-mailing copies of a single message to many account-holders,
or sending large or multiple files or messages to a single user with
- Minnesota OnLine account-holders may not alter the
headers of e-mail messages to conceal their e-mail address or to prevent
account-holders from responding to messages.
- Minnesota OnLine Users
may not use programs or services to try to hide, mask, redirect, or in
any way cause their email identity to be anonymous.
- Violations of
the Minnesota OnLine policies outlined in this document can sometimes
result in massive numbers of e-mail responses. If a Minnesota OnLine
account-holder receives so much e-mail that Minnesota Online resources
are affected, Minnesota OnLine staff may shut down the account-holders
- Any customer (Personal or Commercial) violating Minnesota
Online anti-spam policy will be billed a minimum of $200.00 per hour,
minimum 1 hour, for any work incurred by our support, help-desk, system
administration or Legal personnel as a result of this activity. There
will be NO exceptions, and it is our policy in such instances to employ
aggressive collection procedures, including litigation if required.
Every user MUST read the messages regularly posted to the group
news.announce.new-users, BEFORE posting any articles to any particular
newsgroup, and insure that they are familiar with the policies and
formalities (if any) of that specific group. Please post articles
appropriately, according to USENET guidelines. "Spamming" or any of it's
related forms, are expressly prohibited and can be cause for immediate
termination, with NO refund of unused time available. Mass mail-outs
also fall into this area, and are defined as sending unsolicited
messages or files to multiple locations or users.
These activities are
in violation of Minnesota Online anti-spam policy. Any customer
(Personal or Commercial) found to be in violation of this policy will be
billed at the rate of up to, but not limited to $200.00 per hour, with a
one hour minimum, for any work incurred by our support, help-desk,
system administration or Legal personnel as a result of this activity.
There will be NO exceptions, and it is our policy in such instances to
employ aggressive collection procedures, including litigation if