HCoop: Terms of Service

By accepting membership in HCOOP, Inc., you agree to the following terms of service:

  1. The term Provider will be used to refer to HCOOP, Inc..
  2. Members will be taken to be the members of HCOOP, Inc., as defined in its bylaws.
  3. You will refer to the individual agreeing to these terms, who will be counted among the Members.
  4. Our resources and our equipment refer to the computers and computer/networking equipment operated by the Provider.

The Provider may impose upon the users reasonable rules and regulations regarding the use of the services from time to time. Any such necessary rules will be reflected in changes to these terms of service.

The major legal obligation of the Provider is to honor the following contracts with our current hosting providers:

You will take no action to cause the Provider to be in breach of any of these agreements. In the event that a breach takes place due to your actions involving domains, web sites, e-mail, or other service usage under your control, you agree to, along with other members sharing responsibility for the breach, pay all legal costs associated with the violation, pay all service or repair fees requested by the above organizations to deal with the violation, and generally assume all responsibility for the violation. The below cases will inexhaustively list some requirements on you, including what is permitted and your responsibilities should you do something unpermitted.

You shall remain solely responsible for your use of our resources. You are also responsible for any and all content which is displayed, downloaded, uploaded or transmitted through your accounts, including your UNIX login(s). Content includes home pages, web pages, domain names, e-mail, stored data and any other data stored on or transmitted through our equipment. You are responsible for domains delegated to you through automated means, including UNIX filesystem permissions, which means that you may be held responsible for the actions of others related to domains you have given them permission to access, or for the actions of others related to daemons running on ports that have been assigned to you. This list is provided without limitation.

The Provider reserves the right to refuse service or access to anyone at any time for any reason.

An inexhaustive list of prohibited uses of our resources includes: any material that violates the copyright, trademark, or intellectual property law of the United States; child pornography; forging TCP-IP packet headers in an email or posting; DOS (denial of service) attacks, mail-bombing, network flooding, and any attempt to attack any network or network equipment; monitoring data, packets, or traffic on a network without the written permission of that network's owner; probing, scanning, or testing for system vulnerabilities.

You are responsible for the expenses and costs attributed to correcting, cleaning up, and repairing any damage that results from your actions in violation of this policy.

Third Parties

The services provided to you may not be transferred to third parties. You may not provide third parties with services that utilize any part of our equipment or other resources without the Provider's approval. Should you violate this requirement, you will be held responsible for all actions of such third parties. The HCOOP, Inc. Board of Directors has the final say on the difference between what constitutes a transferal of services and what constitutes normal "client" use of an Internet service.

Indemnification and Disclaimer

You agree to indemnify the Provider for any violation of the Provider's service agreement, law or acceptable use policy (AUP) by you that results in loss to the Provider. You also agree to hold the Provider harmless of any claims against you or the Provider for violations of this policy. If the Provider shall be enjoined in a lawsuit because of your activity, you shall be responsible for any damages awarded against the Provider, plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

The Provider reserves the right to change this agreement at any time. The current version/form of this agreement will be available 24/7 at http://hcoop.net/tos.html. Members will be provided at least one week's notice before any changes are made, to be conveyed to their e-mail addresses on record.