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Prohibited Use Policy

This policy complements our Terms and Conditions and describe Protus' policies with regards to the use of its products and services. Should Protus receive a complaint about a Protus customer Protus reserves the right to review the content of the messages to ensure compliance with this policy.

Application of our policies will always involve an element of discretion and we reserve the right to prohibit the use of our services for a particular use and where messages include particular content. As noted in our Terms & Conditions, you represent and warrant that your use of the Protus services will comply with all applicable laws.

'Anti' and Violence
Don't promote violence or advocate against a protected group.
Emails advocating against any organization, person, or group of people are not permitted.

Emails and associated websites may not promote violence or advocate against a protected group. A protected group is distinguished by their:

Race or ethnic origin
National origin
Veteran status
Sexual orientation/Gender identity

Bulk Marketing
Don't promote bulk marketing products.
Messages advertising bulk marketing products are not permitted if the stated or implied use of the following products is unsolicited spam:

Email lists that are not opt-in
Bulk email software
Bulk messaging

Don't promote copyrighted violations or distribute content without permission.
You must not use Protus services to promote the copying of, or to distribute copyrighted content for which you don't have consent from the copyright holder and which is not otherwise permitted by law.

Counterfeit Designer Goods
Don't advertise counterfeit designer goods.
Messages advertising products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods are not permitted. A replica good contains the trademarked name or logo of a designer brand but is not made by that brand.

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Don't promote drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Messages promoting drugs and drug paraphernalia are not permitted. This includes drug accessories, illegal drugs, and herbal drugs such as salvia and magic mushrooms.

Endangered Species
Don't promote products obtained from endangered or threatened species.
Messages advertising products obtained from endangered or threatened species are not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the sale of products derived from elephants, sharks, tigers, whales, rhinoceroses, or dolphins.

Escort Services
Don't promote escort services.
Messages advertising sites promoting escort services or related content are not permitted.

Fake Documents
Don't promote fake documents.
Messages advertising the promotion of false documents such as fake IDs, passports, social security cards, immigration papers, diplomas, and noble titles are not permitted.

Hacking and Cracking
Don't promote hacking and cracking sites.
Messages advertising the promotion of hacking or cracking and tools that aid in copyright infringement are not permitted. For example, we do not permit:

Sites that provide instructions or equipment to illegally access or tamper with software, servers, or websites
Sites or products that enable illegal access of cell phones and other communications or content delivery systems/devices
Mod chips, such as devices that unlock copyright protection
Products that descramble cable and satellite signals in order to get free cable services
Copied or backed-up version of software, CDs, or DVDs not intended for personal use
Products or services that circumvent digital rights management technologies or technical protection measures for copyrighted works

Don't promote prostitution.
Messages advertising prostitution are not permitted.

Scams/Phishing for Personal Information
Don't use phishing or other scamming tactics.
Messages advertising is not permitted for sites collecting sensitive personal information or money with fake forms, false claims. Examples of personal information include email addresses, user names, passwords, and/or payment information.

Sexual & Adult Content
Sexual & adult content is restricted.
Messages advertising for the promotion of child pornography, any sexually suggestive content involving children, or other non-consensual sexual material is not permitted. We also do not permit ads promoting teen pornography or other pornography that describes models who might be underage.

Examples include, but are not limited to, advertisements for 'teen xxx', 'teen porn', and 'school girl' pornography. Please note that Protus does not allow this content regardless of whether or not a site complies with government regulations on this kind of advertising.

Solicitation of Funds
The solicitation of funds is restricted.
If the solicitation of funds is promoted in the message text or occupies a significant portion of your site, the site should clearly display tax-exempt status such as 501(c)(3) status in the United States, and should state whether the donations are tax-deductible in full or in part. Other countries need to have an equivalent status (must be a registered charity or not-for-profit organization).

The promotion of weapons is restricted.
Emails advertising the promotion of certain weapons, such as firearms, firearm components, ammunition, balisongs (switchblades), butterfly knives, and brass knuckles are not permitted.

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