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Cox® High Speed Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Introduction
Updated 11/20/13

CoxCom, LLC and its affiliates and/or distribution partners (collectively "Cox") are pleased that you have chosen Cox® High Speed Internet SM service (the "Service"). Our goal is to provide you and our other subscribers with an enriched, high quality Internet experience. This Acceptable Use Policy (the "AUP") has been designed to protect our Service, our subscribers, and the Internet community from inappropriate, illegal or otherwise objectionable activities. Please read this policy prior to accessing the Service. All users of the Service must abide by this AUP. Violation of any term of this AUP may result in the immediate suspension or termination of either your access to the Service and/or your Cox account. This AUP should be read in conjunction with the Cox High Speed Internet Subscriber Agreement, Privacy Policies, and other applicable policies.

By using the Service, you agree to abide by, and require others using the Service via your account to abide by the terms of this AUP. The AUP will be updated from time to time, so you should consult this document regularly to ensure that your activities conform to the most recent version. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP THE USE OF THE SERVICES AND NOTIFY THE COX CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT SO THAT YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE CLOSED.

1. Prohibited Activities. You may not use the Service in a manner that violates any applicable local, state, federal or international law, order or regulation. Additionally, you may not use the Service to:

  • Harm to Minors. You may not use the Service to harm or attempt to harm a minor, including, but not limited to, hosting, possessing, distributing, or transmitting child pornography or other material that is unlawful.
  • Conduct, participate in, or otherwise facilitate, pyramid or other illegal soliciting schemes.
  • Take part in any fraudulent activities, including impersonating any person or entity or forging anyone else's digital or manual signature.
  • Invade another person's privacy, stalk, harass, or otherwise violate the rights of others.
  • Post, transmit, or distribute content that is illegal, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory, promotes violence, or is otherwise offensive or objectionable in Cox’s sole discretion.
  • Restrict, inhibit, or otherwise interfere with the ability of any other person to use or enjoy their equipment or the Service, including, without limitation, by posting or transmitting any information or software which contains a virus, lock, key, bomb, worm, Trojan botnet, cancelbot, or other harmful feature.
  • Access or use the Service with an IP address other than the dynamic Internet Protocol ("IP") address assigned to you which adheres to dynamic host configuration protocol ("DHCP"). You may not configure the Service or any related equipment to access or use a static IP address or use any protocol other than DHCP.
  • Modify any cable modem connected to the Cox network, regardless of whether the modem is owned by you or leased from Cox, in order to commit theft of the Service, fraudulently use the Service or provide the Service to a third party. Cox may work with law enforcement if any such theft or fraud occurs.
  • Modify the MAC address of any modem connected to the Cox network.
  • Collect or store personal data about other users.
  • Use an IP address not assigned to you by Cox.
  • Violate any other Cox policy or guideline.
  • Resell or redistribute the Service to any third party via any means including but not limited to wireless technology.

2. Intellectual Property Infringement. You may not use the Service to post, copy, transmit, or disseminate any content that infringes the patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademark, moral rights, or propriety rights of any party. Cox assumes no responsibility, and you assume all risk regarding the determination of whether material is in the public domain, or may otherwise be used by you for such purposes.

3. User Content. You are solely responsible for any information that is transmitted from your IP address or your account on the web or other Internet services. You must ensure that the recipient of the content is appropriate and must take appropriate precautions to prevent minors from receiving inappropriate content. Cox reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials from the Service, in whole or in part, that Cox deems, in its sole discretion, to be illegal, offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable.

4. Commercial Use. The Service is designed for personal, non-business related use of the Internet and may not be used for commercial purposes. You may not resell the Service or otherwise make the Service available for use to persons outside your dwelling (for example, through an open wireless home network). You agree not to use the Service for operation as a de facto Internet service provider, or for any other business enterprise (whether for profit or non-profit), including, without limitation, IP address translation or similar facilities intended to provide additional access. For commercial Internet service please contact Cox Business.

5. Servers. You may not operate, or allow others to operate, servers of any type or any other device, equipment, and/or software providing server-like functionality in connection with the Service, unless expressly authorized by Cox.

6. Misuse of Service. You may be held responsible for any misuse of the Service that occurs through your account or IP address, even if the misuse was inadvertent. You must therefore take precautions to ensure that others do not gain unauthorized access to the Service or misuse the Service, including conduct in violation of this AUP.

7. Hacking/Attempted Unauthorized Access. You may not use the Service to breach or attempt to breach the security of another user or attempt to gain access to any organization or person's computer, software, or data without the knowledge and consent of such person. The equipment and the Service may not be used in any attempt to circumvent the 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 or making use of a server or account you are not expressly authorized to access, or probing the security of other networks or computers for any reason. Use or distribution of tools for compromising security, such as password guessing programs, cracking tools, packet sniffers or network probing tools, is prohibited.

8. Security. You are solely responsible for the security of any device connected to the Service, including any data stored on that device. You are responsible for implementing appropriate security precautions for all systems connected to the Service to protect against threats such as viruses, spam, Trojan botnets, and other malicious intrusions. You are responsible for enabling the security of any wireless (Wi-Fi) networks connected to the Service. Any wireless network installed by the customer or a Cox representative that is unsecured or "open" and connected to the Cox network is prohibited. You authorize Cox to use technology to detect unsecured wireless networks associated with your use of the Service. If Cox determines that you are using the Service via an unsecured wireless network, Cox will notify you to enable the Security on the Wi-Fi device.

9. Disruption of Service. You may not disrupt the Service in any manner. You shall not interfere with computer networking or telecommunications services to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, denial of service attacks, flooding of a network, overloading a service, improper seizing and abuse of operator privileges or attempts to "crash" a host.

10. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms and Denial of Service Attacks. Software or other content downloaded from the Service may contain viruses and it is your sole responsibility to take appropriate precautions to protect your computer from damage to its software, files and data. You are prohibited from posting, transmitting or disseminating any information or software that contains a virus, Trojan horse, spambot, worm or other harmful program or that generates levels of traffic sufficient to impede others' ability to send or retrieve information. Prohibited conduct of this type includes denial of service attacks or similarly disruptive transmissions, as well as transmissions containing other harmful or malicious features. We may suspend the Service without prior notice if we detect a harmful program such as a virus infection. Your service will be resumed once the harmful program is removed.

11. Email. You may not use the Service to send bulk, commercial or unsolicited ("spam") email messages. Any unsolicited email, originating from any source, must not direct recipients to any website that is part of our Service, such as personal web pages, or other resources that are part of the Service. The Service may not be used to collect responses from unsolicited email sent from accounts on other Internet hosts or email services that violate this Policy or the acceptable use policy of any other Internet service provider. In addition, "mail bombing," the sending of numerous copies of the same or substantially similar messages or very large messages or files with the intent to disrupt a server or account, is prohibited.

You may not reference Cox in the header or body of an unsolicited email, or list an IP address that belongs to the Cox network in any unsolicited email. Further, you may not take any action which implies that Cox is the sponsor of any unsolicited email even if that email is not sent through the Cox network. Further, forging, altering or removing electronic mail headers is prohibited.

If the Service is disconnected, whether voluntarily or by termination, all user names and associated electronic email addresses may be immediately released for reuse. Upon disconnection, any mailbox contents may be immediately deleted or held in a locked state. Addresses and email may be held until Cox deletes them as part of its normal policies and procedures. There is no obligation for Cox to retain or make any user name, email address or stored email retrievable once the Service is disconnected.

12. Data Usage, Data Storage and Other Limitations. Cox offers multiple packages of Service with varying speeds, features and data plans (not all packages are available in all areas). You must comply with the current data usage, data storage, email limits and other requirements associated with the package of Service you selected. Information on speeds, usage and other features can be found at Speeds and Data Plans Information. You must ensure that your activities do not improperly restrict, inhibit, or degrade any other user's use of the Service, nor represent (in Cox’s sole judgment) an unusually great burden on the network itself. In addition, you must ensure that your use does not improperly restrict, inhibit, disrupt, degrade or impede Cox's ability to deliver the Service and monitor the Service, backbone, network nodes, and/or other network services. If your data usage exceeds the amount included in your Internet package, Cox may suspend the Service or require you to upgrade the Service to a higher package and/or pay additional fees. In rare cases, Cox may terminate your Service if you have not reduced your data usage after consultation with Cox.

13. Conflict. In the event of a conflict between the Subscriber Agreement and this AUP, the terms of the Subscriber Agreement will prevail.

14. How to Contact Cox. For any questions regarding this AUP, complaints of violations, or cancellation notices, please contact Cox at one of the following:

  

  

Cox® High Speed Internet Subscriber Agreement

Introduction

Updated 11/20/13

This Subscriber Agreement (the "Agreement") sets forth the terms and conditions under which CoxCom, LLC d/b/a Cox Communications, and its affiliates and/or distribution partners (collectively, "Cox"), agrees to provide Cox® High Speed Internet(sm) service (hereinafter the "Service") to you. By subscribing to and using the Service, you (i) agree to abide by, and require others using the Service via your account to abide by the terms of this Agreement, and (ii) represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age. If you do not agree with the foregoing, you may not use the Service and must return any Cox-owned equipment and associated materials to Cox. This Agreement is deemed to be received by you and is effective on the date which you subscribe to the Service, and continues until your subscription is terminated, except for those provisions which by their nature continue beyond termination, such as indemnification for claims arising out of your use of the Service.

Cox reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement and prices for the Service (unless you have a separate contract for a specific price and term). Cox may discontinue or revise any or all other aspects of the Service, including features or enhancements, in its sole discretion at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of the Service after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this Agreement as modified by the posted changes. The updated, online version of this Agreement shall supersede any prior version of this Agreement that may have been included in any software or related materials provided by Cox. This Agreement should be read in conjunction with our Acceptable Use Policy, ("AUP"), Privacy Policies, and other applicable policies.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP THE USE OF THE SERVICES AND NOTIFY THE COX CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT SO THAT YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE CLOSED.

1. Your Subscription
Your subscription entitles you to use the Service. Your subscription is personal to you, you agree not to assign, transfer, resell or sublicense your rights as a subscriber unless specifically allowed by this Agreement. You agree that you are solely responsible and liable for any and all breaches of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, whether such breach results from your use of the Service or by another using your computer. You agree to contact the local Cox office identified on your monthly invoice immediately upon the occurrence of any change in the status of your account (e.g., change in individuals authorized to use your account) for the purpose of updating your account information.

2. Payment Terms
You agree to pay all monthly fees and installation charges including, but not limited to, applicable, taxes, customer service fees, late fees and door collection fees. Monthly fees will be billed one month in advance. If payment is not received by the due date, late fees and/or collection charges may be assessed and the Service may be terminated. You may incur charges including, without limitation, charges relating to the purchase of "premium" or usage-based services, such as online storage in addition to those billed by Cox. All such charges, including all applicable taxes, are your sole responsibility. If your Service is terminated you may be required to pay a reconnect fee and/or a security deposit in addition to all past due charges before the Service is reconnected. You agree to be responsible for any and all charges, damages and costs that you or anyone using your Cox account incurs.

3. Software License
Cox grants to you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable and nonassignable license to install and use Cox's access software (including software from third party vendors that Cox distributes, hereinafter referred to as the "Licensed Software"), in order to access and use the Service. Cox may modify the Licensed Software at any time, for any reason, and without providing notice of such modification to you. The Licensed Software constitutes confidential and proprietary information of Cox and Cox's licensors and contains trade secrets and intellectual property protected under United States copyright laws, international treaty provisions, and other laws. All right, title, and interest in and to the Licensed Software, including associated intellectual property rights, are and shall remain with Cox and its licensors. You agree to comply with the terms and conditions of all end user software license agreements accompanying any software or plug-ins to such software distributed by Cox in connection with the Service. You shall not translate, decompile, reverse engineer, distribute, remarket, or otherwise dispose of the Licensed Software or any part thereof. You acknowledge that the Licensed Software, and any accompanying documentation and/or technical information, is subject to applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States. You agree not to export or re-export the Licensed Software, directly or indirectly, to any countries that are subject to United States export restrictions. Your right to use the Licensed Software terminates upon termination of this Agreement.

4. Computer and Equipment Requirements
Your computer equipment must comply with Cox's current minimum computer requirements that are available on http://ww2.cox.com/residential/support.cox. The minimum computer requirements may change and Cox will make reasonable efforts to support previously acceptable configurations; however, Cox is not obligated to continue to provide such support. You may rent or purchase a cable modem from Cox or may purchase a DOCSIS-compliant, Cox-approved cable modem from a third party retailer. Cox reserves the right to provide service only to users with Cox-approved DOCSIS-compliant modems. Please check with local Cox Customer Support or online at http://ww2.cox.com/residential/support.cox for the most current Cox approved cable modem list. You agree to connect only Cox approved equipment to the Cox network.

You will not remove any Cox owned equipment (the "Equipment") from the Premises or connect the Equipment to any outlet other than the outlet to which the Equipment was initially connected by the Cox installer. Cox may relocate the Equipment for you within the Premises at your request for an additional charge. If you relocate to a new address, this Agreement may terminate, you may be required to enter into a new Agreement and may be charged a new installation fee to initiate Service. You will not connect any equipment, other than equipment authorized by Cox, to the cable modem outlet. You understand that failure to comply with this restriction may cause damage to the Cox network and subject you to liability for damages and/or criminal prosecution. You may not alter, modify or tamper with the Equipment or the Service, or permit any other person to do the same that is not authorized by Cox.

5. Installation
Cox shall use reasonable efforts to install the Service to full operational status, provided that your computer fulfills the minimum computer requirements set forth herein. You authorize Cox personnel and/or its agents to enter your premises (the "Premises") at mutually agreed upon times in order to install, maintain, inspect, repair and remove the Service. If you are not the owner of the Premises upon which the Service is to be installed, you represent and warrant that you have the authorization or consent of the owner of the Premises for Cox personnel and/or its agents to enter the Premises for the purposes described above. You shall indemnify and hold Cox harmless from and against any claims of the owner of the Premises arising out of the performance of this Agreement.

You acknowledge and agree that installation of the Service (including any Licensed Software necessary for the Service) may require Cox personnel and/or its agents to open your computer. You further acknowledge and agree that installation and/or use of the Service (including Licensed Software) may result in the modification of your computer's systems files and that Cox may periodically update the software in your modem in order to provide the Service. Cox does not represent, warrant, or covenant that such modifications will not disrupt the normal operations of your computer. Cox shall have no liability whatsoever for any damage resulting from the installation and/or use of the Licensed Software or file modifications. Cox is not responsible for returning your computer to its original configuration prior to installation. Cox or its agents will supply and install certain software and, if required, an extra cable outlet, a cable modem and an Ethernet card for a fee determined by Cox. Cox will also provide an informational guide and/or online instructions on how to use the Service. You may transfer the Licensed Software to additional computers within the home, but service and support for these additional machines is limited and/or may incur an additional fee. If you intend to transfer the software, you must give Cox prior notice of such transfer. Unless offered by Cox as a service, you agree that Cox has no responsibility to provide service and support for in-home networks.  

6. Acceptable Use Policy
The Acceptable Use Policy located at http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/policies.cox#acu is incorporated herein by reference and made a part of this Agreement. You agree to use the Services strictly in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy. Under the Acceptable Use Policy, Cox may suspend the Service to you without notice under certain circumstances, such as a virus infection on your device that could harm Cox’s network or other Cox subscribers, or if you are engaging in conduct that is harmful to Cox or other subscribers. The Acceptable Use Policy may be modified by Cox from time to time and the current version will be posted online. 

7. Information You Generate
You are solely responsible and liable for all material that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service, including, without limitation, material that you post to any Cox Website or the Web site of a Cox affiliate. Unless indicated on a Cox Website, such as a forums site, Cox does not claim ownership of material you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to material you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, you grant Cox a world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license(s) to: use your material in connection with Cox's businesses including, but not limited to, the rights to: copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transmit, publish your name in connection with the material if you made your name public, and to prepare derivative works. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your material.

8. Links to Third Party Web Sites
In your use of the Service and/or Cox Websites, you may encounter various types of links that enable you to visit Websites operated or owned by third parties ("Third Party Site(s)"). These links are provided to you as a convenience and are not under the control or ownership of Cox. The inclusion of any link to a Third Party Site is not (i) an endorsement by Cox of the Third Party Site, (ii) an acknowledgement of any affiliation with its operators or owners, or (iii) a warranty of any type regarding any information or offer on the Third Party Site. Your use of any Third Party Site is governed by the various legal agreements and policies posted at that Website.

9. Monitoring and Removal of Content
Cox is under no obligation to monitor your postings. However, Cox reserves the right at all times and without notice to remove, restrict access to, or make unavailable, any content on its servers that it considers, in its sole discretion, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, and to monitor, review, retain and/or disclose any content or other information in Cox's possession about or related to you, your use of the Services or otherwise as Cox deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request.

10. Privacy
You authorize Cox to make inquiries and to receive information about your credit history from others and to utilize such information in its decision regarding its provision of the Service to you. You agree that Cox may collect and disclose information concerning you and your use of the Service in the manner and for the purposes set forth herein and in Cox's Privacy Policies. Please read the Online Privacy Policy at  http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/policies/your-privacy-rights.cox which governs visits to our websites such as ww2.cox.com and the Annual Privacy Notice at http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/policies/annual-privacy-notice.cox

11. No Spam or Other Unsolicited Bulk Email
Cox may immediately terminate any subscriber account that it determines, in its sole discretion, is transmitting or is otherwise connected with any "spam" or other unsolicited bulk email. In addition, if actual damages cannot be reasonably calculated, you agree to pay Cox liquidated damages of five dollars (U.S. $5.00) for each piece of "spam" or unsolicited bulk email transmitted from or otherwise connected with your account. Otherwise you agree to pay Cox's actual damages, to the extent such actual damages can be reasonably calculated. Cox reserves the right to block, reject or remove what it considers in its sole discretion to be "spam" or other unsolicited bulk email from the Service and Cox shall have no liability for blocking or removing any email considered to be "spam."

12. Termination and Surviving Obligations
Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time without cause by providing the other party with no less than twenty-four (24) hours written notice of such termination. In the event of termination by you, you must notify Cox by telephone or by a non-electronic written submission. Email submissions shall not constitute effective notice. In the event of termination by Cox, Cox may notify you of such termination by electronic or other means. In those cases where you elect annual prepayment terms, you agree and understand that the calculation of any refund for unused Service will be based upon the normal rate for the Service and not upon the discounted annual prepayment rate.

You expressly agree that upon termination of this Agreement: (i) You will pay Cox in full for your use of any Equipment and Service up to the later of the effective date of termination of this Agreement or the date on which the Service and any Equipment have been disconnected and returned to Cox. You agree to pay Cox on a pro-rated basis for any use by you of any Equipment or Services for a part of a month. (ii) You will permit Cox to access your premises at a reasonable time to remove any Equipment and other material provided by Cox. (iii) You will ensure the immediate return of any Equipment to Cox. You will return or destroy all copies of any software provided to you pursuant to this Agreement. (iv) Cox is authorized to delete any files, programs, data and email messages associated with such account. As a courtesy Cox may, but is not obligated to, retain your emails for a short period of time following termination in the event the Service is resumed to you.  

13. Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
You expressly agree that Cox is not responsible or liable for any content, act or omission of any third party including, without limitation, any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, or illegal conduct, or any infringement of another's rights including, without limitation, privacy and intellectual property rights, and you hereby release Cox for any such claims based on the activities of third parties. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. NEITHER COX, NOR ITS AFFILIATES OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS WARRANT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE OR FREE FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MALICIOUS AGENTS EVEN IF ANTI-VIRUS MECHANISMS ARE DEPLOYED. COX DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ANY DATA OR ANY FILES SENT BY OR TO YOU WILL BE TRANSMITTED IN UNCORRUPTED FORM OR WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME. ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND MERCHANTABILITY ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED AND DISCLAIMED. COX AND ITS EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY COSTS OR DAMAGES, ARISING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE INSTALLATION OR USE OF, THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, THE SERVICE (INCLUDING EMAIL), EQUIPMENT FURNISHED BY COX, OR COX'S PROVISION OF TECHNICAL SERVICE AND SUPPORT FOR THE SERVICE; EVEN IF SUCH DAMAGE RESULTS FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OR GROSS NEGLIGENCE OF A COX INSTALLER, TECHNICIAN, OR CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE, INCLUDING ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT COX HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT, COX'S CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE USE OF THE SERVICE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SERVICE FEES PAID DURING THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING TWELVE MONTH PERIOD. YOU HEREBY RELEASE COX FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES, AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THIS LIMITATION. COX IS ALSO NOT LIABLE FOR ANY COSTS OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT. Your sole and exclusive remedies under this Agreement are as expressly set forth herein. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you.

14. Indemnification
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Cox, its officers, directors, employees, parent companies, subsidiaries, members, affiliates, suppliers, and agents, from any claim, demand, or damage, including costs and reasonable attorneys' fees, asserted by Cox or any third party due to or arising out of your use of or conduct on the Service. Cox will notify you within a reasonable period of time of any third party claim for which Cox seeks indemnification and will afford you the opportunity to participate in the defense of such claim, provided that your participation will not be conducted in a manner prejudicial to Cox's interests, as reasonably determined by Cox.

15. Management of Network
Cox is committed to the ongoing management of its network to improve its service offerings, protect customers, and create new Services and feature enhancements for its customers. Cox does not shape or throttle Internet traffic based on the particular online content, protocols or applications a customer uses. Cox uses other measures to ensure the best overall experience for our CHSI customers, including, without limitation: rate limiting of email (as set forth in our email policies), email storage limits (including deletion of dormant or unchecked email), rejection or removal of "spam" or otherwise unsolicited bulk email. Cox also employs other means to protect customers, children, and its network, including blocking access to child pornography (based upon lists of sites provided by a third party and an international police agency), and security measures (including identification and blocking of botnets, viruses, phishing sites, malware, and certain ports as set forth below).

Cox may take any appropriate measures, whether or not they are described above, in response to extraordinary levels of usage, denial of service attacks, or other exigent circumstances that have a significant effect on our subscribers’ ability to obtain service or Cox’s ability to provide service. 

Visit Speeds and Data Plans Information to learn about specific features of the Service.

16.  Online Advertising
When you use the Service, Cox may display advertisements, public service announcements, and other messages to you. Cox does not use your web surfing activity or other online behavior to determine the advertisements and other information shown to you. Location-based online advertising is based upon your geographic area and zip code, similar to direct mail you receive through US mail. Visit Location-Based Advertising for more information and instructions on opting out of this service.

17. Damage to and Encumbrances on Equipment, Computer, Software
If Equipment is leased or loaned to you by Cox the Equipment remains the property of Cox. You may not sell, transfer, lease, encumber or assign all or part of the Equipment to any third party. You agree to pay the full retail cost for the repair or replacement of any lost, stolen, unreturned, damaged, sold, transferred, leased, encumbered or assigned Equipment or part thereof, together with any costs incurred by Cox in obtaining or attempting to obtain possession of any such Equipment. You hereby authorize Cox to charge your credit card or other payment method authorized by you for any outstanding Service, Equipment, and repair and replacement costs described herein. Cox may, at its option, install new or reconditioned Equipment, including swapping your existing equipment for Cox-compliant equipment, for which you may incur a fee.

18. Copyright and Trademark Notices
Copyright © 1998 - 2012 Cox Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Materials available on Cox Websites are protected by copyright law. Cox is a trademark of Cox Communications, Inc. Cox and other Cox services referenced herein are either actual service marks or registered service marks of Cox, Inc. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

19. Governing Law
This Agreement is governed by the laws of the state in which your billing address in our records is located, and applicable federal law.

20. DISPUTE RESOLUTION; ARBITRATION; CLASS ACTION WAIVER.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THIS DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVISION (EXCEPT ITS JURY TRIAL WAIVER) WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THIS AGREEMENT, IF YOU FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES SET FORTH IN SECTION 20.7 BELOW. OTHERWISE, YOU WILL BE BOUND TO SETTLE ANY DISPUTES YOU MAY HAVE WITH COX THROUGH THE FOLLOWING DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES.

20.1 YOU AND COX AGREE TO ARBITRATE – RATHER THAN LITIGATE IN COURT – any and all claims or disputes between us (including any parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, or agents of Cox) that arise out of or in any way relate to: (1) this Agreement; (2) services that Cox provides to you in connection with this Agreement; (3) products that Cox makes available to you; (4) bills that Cox sends to you or amounts that Cox charges you for services or goods provided under this Agreement; and (5) any services or goods that Cox or any of its affiliated entities provide to you under any other agreement; provided, however, that in no event, shall this provision prevent you from filing or joining a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission or any state public service commission or public utility commission that has jurisdiction to hear such complaint, or any federal, state, or local government agency that is authorized by law to seek relief against Cox on your behalf. The arbitration between you and Cox will be binding and judgment on the award rendered in the arbitration may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

20.2 In arbitration, there is no judge and no jury, and review of arbitration decisions in the courts is very limited. Instead, our disputes will be resolved by an arbitrator, whose authority is governed by the terms of this Agreement. You and Cox agree that an arbitrator may only award such relief as a court of competent jurisdiction could award, limited to the same extent as a court would limit relief pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. An arbitrator may award attorneys’ fees and costs if a court would be authorized to do so, and may issue injunctive or declaratory relief if that relief is required or authorized by the applicable law, but that injunctive or declaratory relief may not extend beyond you and your dealings with Cox. Discovery may be limited in arbitration, and procedures are more streamlined than in court. Notwithstanding this arbitration agreement, you and Cox may bring appropriate claims against each other in small claims court, if the claims fall within the small claims court’s jurisdiction, or before the Federal Communications Commission, the relevant state public utilities commission, or any other federal, state, or local government agency authorized by law to hear your claims.

20.3 Class Action Waiver: You and Cox agree that all claims or disputes between you and Cox will be arbitrated individually, and that there will be no class, representative, or consolidated actions in arbitration. If you or Cox brings a claim in small claims court, the class action waiver will apply, and neither of us can bring a claim on a class or representative basis. Furthermore, neither you nor Cox may participate in a class or representative action as a class member if the class action asserts claims that would fall within the scope of this arbitration agreement if they were directly asserted by you or Cox. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this arbitration agreement shall not prohibit you or Cox from participating in any judgment or settlement in any litigation brought by a federal, state, or local government on behalf of you or us, excluding litigation brought by any relator or party in its capacity as a private attorney general. We both agree that this class action waiver is an essential part of our arbitration agreement and that if this class action waiver is found to be unenforceable by any court or arbitrator then the entire arbitration agreement set forth in this Section 20 will not apply to any claim or dispute between you and Cox, except for the provisions of Section 20.6 waiving the right to jury trial. This class action waiver may not be severed from our arbitration agreement.

20.4 Informal Dispute Resolution: You and Cox agree that you will try to resolve disputes informally before resorting to arbitration. If the dispute cannot be resolved by telephone, you agree to notify Cox of the dispute by sending a written description of your claim to Cox Customer Care, ATTN: Corporate Escalation Team, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319 so that Cox can attempt to resolve it with you. If Cox does not satisfactorily resolve your claim within 30 calendar days of receiving notice of it, then you may pursue the claim in arbitration. Neither you nor Cox may initiate arbitration without first providing the other notice of the claim and following the informal dispute resolution procedure provided in this paragraph.

20.5 Arbitration Procedures: You and Cox agree that this Agreement affects interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act applies. All arbitrations shall be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA"). The AAA’s rules are available on its website at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. If the claim asserted in arbitration is for less than $75,000, the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes will apply. If the claim asserted is for $75,000 or more, the Commercial Arbitration Rules will apply. If there is a conflict between the AAA's rules and this dispute resolution agreement, this dispute resolution agreement shall control. To initiate arbitration, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claims to Cox Legal Department, Attn: Litigation Counsel, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319. You must also comply with the AAA's rules regarding initiation of arbitration. Cox will pay all filing fees and costs for commencement of an arbitration, but you will be responsible for your own attorneys’ fees and costs unless otherwise determined by the arbitrator pursuant to the terms of this agreement or applicable law. Cox will not seek to recover its fees and costs from you in the arbitration unless your claim has been determined to be frivolous. If you are successful in the arbitration, Cox will pay your reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. If you obtain an award from the arbitrator greater than Cox’s last written settlement offer, Cox will pay you $5,000 in addition to what you have been awarded in the arbitration. The arbitration will be held in a mutually convenient location. If you seek less than $10,000, then you may chose to hold the arbitration in person, via phone, or to have it decided based on written submissions.  

20.6 Jury Trial Waiver: If for any reason this arbitration agreement is found to be unenforceable, including without limitation, that the class waiver is found unenforceable, or if you opt out of this dispute resolution agreement, you and Cox expressly and knowingly WAIVE THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY. This means that a Judge rather than a Jury will decide disputes between you and Cox if, for any reason, the arbitration agreement is not enforced.

20.7 Opt Out: You may opt out of this dispute resolution provision (except for the jury trial waiver contained in Section 20.6 above) by notifying Cox of that intent within 30 days of the date of this Subscriber Agreement for current customers. For new customers activating Service after the date of this Subscriber Agreement, you may opt out by notifying Cox of that intent within 30 days of the date you subscribe to the Service. You may opt out through either of the following options (please include your name, address, and Cox account number on the communication): (1) sending a letter stating your intent to reject this dispute resolution provision to Cox at Cox Legal Department, Attn: Litigation Counsel, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319; or (2) sending an email with your intent to reject this dispute resolution provision to ArbitrationOptOut@cox.com. Exercising this right, should you choose to do so, will not affect any of the other terms of this Agreement or other contracts with Cox and you may remain a Cox customer. If you opt out of the dispute resolution provision, you will not be required to do so again if Cox modifies this section in the future or you agree to a new term of service.

20.8 Survival: This dispute resolution provision survives the termination of your contract with Cox. If you bring a claim against Cox after termination of your contract that is based in whole or in part on events or omissions that occurred while you were a Cox customer, this dispute resolution provision shall apply.

21. Miscellaneous
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to its subject matter and supersedes and replaces any and all prior written or oral agreements. In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties and the remainder of its provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to limit Cox's rights and remedies available at law or in equity. Cox's failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between the parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of this Agreement. This Agreement may not be assigned or transferred by you. This Agreement is freely assignable by Cox to third parties.

22. How to Contact Us
For any questions regarding this Subscriber Agreement, billing or other, please contact Cox at one of the following:
Email: support@cox.net
Phone and U.S. Mail: See your invoice or visit http://ww2.cox.com/ and check under "Contact Us"

  

  

Terms and Conditions

Updated 10/07/2009 (revision number 21)

IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT INSTALL AND/OR ACTIVATE THE COX SERVICE.

Subject to credit approval, Cox will provide all services that You, the Subscriber, request, on the following terms and conditions. All Cox services are referred to as "Service" or "Services". If Cox provides telephone Service in Your area, such Service will be provided through the Cox telephone affiliate servicing Your area, and You will also be bound by that affiliate's tariff on file with the State telephone regulatory authority and/or the tariffs or other terms of service located on Cox’s website at ww2.cox.com/residential/phone.cox. If You receive Cox’s High Speed Internet Service, You will also be bound by the Cox High Speed Internet Subscriber Agreement, and the Cox Acceptable Use Policy, both located at www.cox.com or at another URL Cox may designate. The Services are also subject to the Annual Notice that You will receive each year, which contains, among other things, the Privacy Notice.

Cox’s Obligations:

  1. Install in a workmanlike manner, the Cox necessary equipment and materials.
  2. Maintain Cox equipment in accordance with reasonable industry standards and applicable regulations.
  3. If available, You may subscribe to the Cox wiring maintenance plan, and Cox will install and/or maintain wiring inside Your premises ("Internal Wiring"). Otherwise, Cox may have no responsibility for the maintenance of Your Internal Wiring.
  4. Cox has no obligation or responsibility for loss of stored content on any devices or for any damage to your devices.

Your Obligations:

  1. Pay all installation, equipment, service or other charges by due date of Cox’s bill. Charges are according to Cox’s rate schedule or tariff applicable at the time Services are rendered. Monthly service rates may be subject to additional federal, state and local fees, taxes, surcharges or other charges.  Fees and charges are payable in advance once service is initiated. If You terminate Service before the end of a prepaid period, Cox will refund the prorated unused portion of the fees and charges. If the pro-rata unused portion is less than $5.00, Cox will make the refund on Your request. If You or Cox terminate Service without payment in full by the due date, Cox may transfer outstanding balances for Services provided under this Agreement to other accounts that You have with Cox.
  2. If You fail to make timely payment, Cox may terminate Service, remove Cox equipment and impose late fees and collection trip fees, if applicable. Late fees and collection trip fees will not exceed the maximum amount permitted by law. 
  3. Provide Cox's employees and representatives with a safe working environment.
  4. Assume complete responsibility for improper use, damage or loss of any equipment furnished by Cox. You shall only use the equipment and Services in accordance with the Cox terms and conditions and in a manner that complies with applicable laws and regulations. If You use the Services or equipment in a manner that violates the Cox terms and conditions or applicable laws and regulations, then Cox shall have the right to immediately restrict, suspend, or terminate your Services, without liability on the part of Cox.
  5. Allow Cox access into Your premises to install, maintain or repair, upgrade (if any), and remove Cox equipment. Cox personnel have Cox identification you may request and examine. If You are not home at the time of a service call, You may authorize any other adult resident or guest at Your residence to grant Cox access to Your premises.
  6. Any attempted assignment or transfer of the Services to any other tenant or occupant or to any other location without Cox’s prior written consent is prohibited and is a breach of this Agreement.
  7. If You do not own Your premises: (i) You represent that You have obtained necessary permission from the owner to install Cox’s equipment (including, without limitation, equipment attached to the outside of the premises); and (ii) You will indemnify Cox from all claims of the owner in connection with the installation and provision of the Services.
  8. Cox may provide a modem with backup battery power for telephone service that requires a telephone cable modem to receive telephone service. That modem will remain the property of Cox and must be returned upon disconnection of Service. In the event of a power outage, your telephone Service will continue to operate for up to eight hours with the backup battery that Cox provides. If Cox does not provide a modem or backup battery power for Cox Services utilizing a telephone cable modem, you must provide it and it will remain your responsibility in all respects. If (i) the modem that supplies your telephone Service is disconnected or moved, (ii) the backup battery is not charged or otherwise becomes inoperable, or (iii) there is an extended power outage, telephone Service, including access to E911, will not be available. Cox uses your telephone Service address to identify your location for E911 Service. To ensure that E911 dispatch receives your correct address, the telephone modem should not be moved, even inside your home. You must notify Cox in advance if you would like to move or relocate your telephone Service.

 

Equipment: All Cox Equipment and embedded Software (Equipment) provided to You by Cox or its agent will remain the property of Cox. Cox shall have the unrestricted right, but not the obligation, to install or modify the software in any of the Equipment. It is a material breach for You to copy, duplicate, reverse engineer or in any way tamper with or interfere with any Software provided to You by Cox. You also agree:

  1. To use the Equipment only for receiving Services ordered from or through Cox. You will only use any modem embedded in a digital video box for the receipt of Cox video Services.
  2. To promptly return the Equipment to Cox in good condition and without any encumbrances, except for ordinary wear and tear resulting from proper use, immediately upon discontinuance of Service.

If You do not promptly return the Equipment or if it is damaged or encumbered, (“Unreturned Equipment”), the damages Cox will incur will be difficult to ascertain. Therefore, You agree to pay, and Cox may charge Your account, a liquidated damages amount equal to Cox’s reasonable estimates of the replacement costs and incidental costs that Cox incurs; provided, however, that such amount will not exceed the maximum amount permitted by law (the “Unreturned Equipment Charge”). This provision and any other provision that by its nature should survive shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

Programming: You acknowledge that Cox reserves the right at any time and in its sole discretion to change its channel lineup and/or to pre-empt specific programs or parts of programs previously advertised as available. Cox also reserves the right to alter its fee structure upon notice to You. You may immediately terminate service upon notice to Cox. You may not rebroadcast, transmit, record, perform, or charge admission to view or listen to any of the programming made available by the Services unless you obtain and pay for any public performance licenses.

LIMITATION OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY: COX, ITS PARENT, AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, (COLLECTIVELY AND INDIVIDUALLY, THE “COX GROUP”) MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AS TO THE EQUIPMENT FURNISHED TO YOU AND/OR SERVICES PROVIDED. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THESE PROVISIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE COX GROUP SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES FOR FAILURE TO FURNISH, OR THE DEGRADATION OR INTERRUPTION OF ANY SERVICES, FOR ANY LOST DATA OR CONTENT, IDENTITY THEFT, FOR ANY FILES OR SOFTWARE DAMAGE, REGARDLESS OF CAUSE. THE COX GROUP SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR FOR INJURY TO ANY PERSON ARISING FROM THE INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE OR REMOVAL OF EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, WIRING OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES. NOR SHALL COX BE LIABLE FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICE IF THE CAUSE IS DUE TO THE ACTS OF A THIRD PARTY. YOU HEREBY INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COX GROUP FROM ANY CLAIMS, ACTIONS, PROCEEDINGS, DAMAGES AND LIABILITIES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES, ARISING OUT OF (I) SUCH DAMAGE OR INJURY RESULTING FROM ANY CLAIM THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE INFRINGES ON THE PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT OF ANY THIRD PARTY, (II) ANY BREACH OR ALLEGED BREACH BY YOU OF THIS AGREEMENT; OR INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY RESULTING FROM YOUR NEGLIGENCE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE COX GROUP BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. THE COX GROUP’S MAXIMUM TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU IN THE TWELVE MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM.

Breach of Agreement: If You breach this Agreement, or any other agreement referenced herein, Cox has the right to terminate this Agreement and retrieve its equipment. Cox’s failure to require Your strict performance of any term of this Agreement shall not be a waiver of Cox’s right to require strict performance of any term or condition herein.

Entire Agreement: This Agreement, any applicable tariffs and other agreements specifically referenced herein constitute the entire agreement between Cox and You for the subject matter hereof. Only Cox may make modifications to this document. The invalidity or unenforceability of any term of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.

CREDIT REPORT NOTICE

IF YOU WERE SUBJECT TO A CREDIT CHECK AND REQUIRED TO PAY A DEPOSIT PLEASE READ: 

When you requested services from Cox Communications, you agreed to our obtaining a credit report from a consumer reporting agency. A credit report is a record of your credit history. It includes information about whether you pay your bills on time and how much you owe to creditors.

Based on the information we received from the credit reporting agency, and our assessment of the risk associated with that information, Cox Communications may require a deposit before providing services to you. The terms offered to you may be less favorable than the terms offered to consumers who have better credit histories.

You have a right to dispute any inaccurate information in your credit report, and we encourage you to do so. If you find mistakes on your credit report, contact Equifax which is the consumer reporting agency from which we obtained your credit report. Please note that Equifax did not make this decision and cannot explain to you why the decision was made. However, under Federal law, you have the right to obtain a copy of your credit report without charge for 60 days after you receive this notice. To obtain your free report, contact Equifax:

By telephone: (888) 932-2324

By mail: 
Equifax
PO Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30371-0241
 
On the web: www.equifax.com

For more information about credit reports and your rights under Federal law, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's website at www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore

 

  

   

Price Lock Guarantee Agreement

View the following policies regarding the Cox Price Lock Guarantee and Monthly Discounts.

Current Policies:

Retired Policies:

  

  

Procedure for Making Claim of Copyright Infringement

Updated 2006

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "DMCA"), you may file a Notification of claimed infringement with the Designated Agent of a Service Provider if you believe that a Web page hosted by the Service Provider is violating your rights under U.S. copyright law. (See Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)). The DMCA provides the following procedure for parties to follow who wish to file a Notification of claimed infringement with a Service Provider.

To serve a Notification on Cox® Business; Cox® High Speed InternetSM; and/or Cox Interactive MediaSM, send your Notification to:

Name of Designated Agent to Receive Notification: DMCA Agent
 
Address to Which Notification Should be Sent: 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319
 
Telephone Number of Designated Agent: (404) 269-6830
Facsimile Number of Designated Agent: (404) 269-8432
 
Email Address of Designated Agent: abuse@cox.net

Notification:
In order to be effective under the DMCA, the Notification must (i) be in writing, and (ii) provided to the Designated Agent of a Service Provider.

In order for such a complaint to be effective under the DMCA, Notification must include the following:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single Notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Service Provider to locate the material.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Service Provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the Notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Upon receipt of the written Notification containing the information described in 1 through 6 above, Service Provider will:

  1. Remove or disable access to the material that is alleged to be infringing.
  2. Take reasonable steps to promptly notify the subscriber that it has removed or disabled access to the material.

Counter Notification:
If a notice of copyright infringement has been filed against you, you may file a Counter Notification with a Service Provider's Designated Agent. In order to be effective, a Counter Notification must be written and include substantially the following:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of the subscriber.
  2. Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
  3. A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  4. The subscriber's name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the subscriber consents to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber's address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the Service Provider may be found, and that the subscriber will accept service of process from the person who provided Notification or an agent of such person.

Upon receipt of a Counter Notification containing the information as outlined in 1 through 4 above, Service Provider shall:

  1. Promptly provide the complaining party with a copy of the Counter Notification;
  2. Replace the removed material or cease disabling access to the material within 10 to 14 business days following receipt of the Counter Notification, unless the Service Provider's Designated Agent first receives notice from the complaining party that an action has been filed seeking a court order to restrain alleged infringing party from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on Service Provider's system or network.

NOTE: Under the DMCA, claimants who make misrepresentations concerning copyright infringement may be liable for damages incurred as a result of the removal or blocking of the material, court costs, and attorneys fees. See Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(d).

NOTE: The information on this page is provided to you for informational purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice. If you believe your rights under U.S. Copyright law have been infringed, you should consult an attorney.