Acceptable Usage Policy

Acceptable Usage Policy

Acceptable Usage Policy

  • You will be responsible for the content of your pages, including obtaining the legal permission for any and all works which they include, and also ensuring that the contents of these pages does not violate Irish, European or International law. Blacknight shall not be responsible for any illegal or infringing material posted in served websites. Further to this, where a third party confirms illegal activity on a customer’s served site, Blacknight may at its sole discretion, contact the customer immediately, and begin an investigation into same. Any and all services may be suspended while this investigation takes place. Blacknight will make all efforts to conduct any investigation without delay, and will not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, whether general or consequential caused by same. Where Blacknight considers material on the site as illegal, defamatory or abusive they shall, at their sole discretion terminate services. Where services are terminated on these grounds, the contract between the parties will be considered to be at an end.
  • It is company policy not to allow any ‘hate sites’, or websites which incite hatred, prejudice or discrimination. Where a hosted website is found to be inciting hatred, or engaging in connected discriminatory activates, the offending website will be terminated without any further notice to the customer. Please note that where your service has been terminated, all information, data, etc stored on Blacknight’s servers may be deleted.
  • Your domain remains at all times your property as the registrant and can be transferred away from Blacknight, subject to domain name registry and ICANN policies, at any time at your sole discretion.
  • You may not store more data in your account than your allotted server space. Should your storage approach 95% we will endeavour to e-mail a warning and you will have the option to upgrade.
  • Your shared hosting or virtual server plans are not designed for the storage of files other than website files and databases. Multiple backups, large video or media files should not be stored on a shared environment
  • With respect to excessive storage usage, Blacknight will operate a fair usage policy for plans without resource limits (‘unlimited’). In such instances Blacknight reserve the right to remove said files to preserve continuity of service to other end users.
  • Your server space (inc. FTP and Shell access) is for your personal use only. You must not divulge the password to any other person, and you should take reasonable precautions to ensure that it is not discovered by other people. If this is compromised you must take your own appropriate action.
  • Data stored on our servers is not guaranteed to be backed up. It is recommended that you keep an external independent backup of all data stored on your virtual server or shared hosting account. Blacknight accept no responsibility for any loss of data, however incurred.
  • It is the User’s sole responsibility to keep all files, date, passwords, etc, secure at all times. Further to this, any security applications, or security details of the user, must be kept at the users own risk, and kept up to date, so that protection is afforded for both the User and Blacknight. Blacknight will not be held responsible for damage, loss or injury caused, due to insufficient or out of date security measures held by the User.
  • You may not run server processes (e.g. talkers/IRC Bots) from your virtual server.
  • Blacknight reserve the right to remove any CGI or similar server-side script or program that interferes in any way with the normal running of a server.
  • Known insecure scripts, such as Matt’s formmail are not allowed.
  • We shall not be held liable for any loss or damages caused by the use or misuse, unavailability or removal of services howsoever caused.
  • When your account is closed or service deactivated, all files (including web pages, etc.) may be deleted after 90 days.
  • We reserve the right to cancel your account at any time without notice.
  • We reserve the right to amend and update these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
  • To protect your privacy, we will not distribute your name, email address, domain name, unless required to do so under law, or where same is required in relation to the successful provision of services. The list of information which may be provided under this condition is not exhaustive. For more information on Data Privacy please review our Data Protection Statement
  • Users must not participate in any form of un-solicited bulk e-mailing or Spam, or any form of illegal web site. Failure to observe this condition could result in the immediate suspension of service (see e- MAIL ABUSE POLICY ).

Email abuse / Phishing / Spam

Users must not participate in any form of un-solicited bulk e-mailing or Spam, or any form of illegal web site. Failure to observe this condition could result in the immediate suspension and or termination of service (for more detail see ).


If your bandwidth reaches the points where it has an adverse impact on other clients we reserve the right to disable your site until you can reduce your bandwidth usage.

Each server includes a nominated amount of bandwidth, if you use more than this amount then you agree to pay for this bandwidth at the rates listed on Blacknight’s site.

Web pages

Commercial use of web and ftp space is permitted.

You will be responsible for the content of your pages, including obtaining the legal permission for any works they include and ensuring that the contents of these pages do not violate Irish, European, or international Law and the company shall not take responsibility for same.

You will be held responsible for and accept responsibility for any defamatory, confidential, secret or other proprietary material available via your page(s). Should we receive copyright infringement notices we will endeavour to contact you informing you of same and you are expected to acknowledge receipt of such notification and take the appropriate action as advised. Whilst we don’t like getting caught up in such disputes, we reserve the right to remove material deemed inappropriate from your web pages, without prior notice.

Glossary of Terms

  • Warez: Widely used in cracker subcultures to denote cracked versions of commercial software, that is versions from which copy-protection has been stripped
  • IRC Bots: An automated program that operates on IRC.
  • IRC: A client-server chat system of large (often worldwide) networks
  • Shell Hosting: A hosting account used primarily for either shell commands or to run shell processes, such as IRC bouncers etc.
  • Bouncer (bnc): a bnc is short for ‘bouncer’. A bnc acts as a proxy to IRC, allowing you to hide your real IP address and use a vhost (vanity host – something like ‘’).
  • Cgi: A standard for running external programs from a World-Wide Web HTTP server. CGI specifies how to pass arguments to the executing program as part of the HTTP request. It also defines a set of environment variables. Commonly, the program will generate some HTML which will be passed back to the browser but it can also request URL redirection
  • Shell: The command interpreter used to pass commands to an operating system; so called because it is the part of the operating system that interfaces with the outside world. The commonest Unix shells are the c shell (csh) and the Bourne shell (sh).
  • FTP: A communications protocol governing the transfer of files from one computer to another over a network
  • DNS: A general-purpose distributed, replicated, data query service chiefly used on Internet for translating hostnames into Internet addresses. Also, the style of hostname used on the Internet, though such a name is properly called a fully qualified domain name. DNS can be configured to use a sequence of name servers, based on the domains in the name being looked for, until a match is found
  • bash_history – .bash_logout – .bash_profile – .bashrc..: A number of files related to a shell account. These include configuration directives and logging of user actions.