Dcloud Terms of Service

Created on 30 March, 2024 • 1,358 views • 2 minutes read

We've tried to make our terms as clear and easy to read as possible, so don't expect pages of legalese!

Forbidden activities

Dcloud may NOT be used creating shortened URLs that: -

Are used in commercial email

Are used for unsolicited advertising (spam) including email, forum posts, SMS messages and spam posts/messaging on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter

Link to malicious content (phishing, viruses, trojans, adware, any other malware)

Link to any form of child pornography

Link to other URL shortening or redirection sites or scripts (these "chains" of links are often used to hide malicious usage)

Link to material that infringes copyright

Link to material we consider unethical including but not limited to "get rich quick" schemes, pyramid schemes, paid "self help" schemes, dubious competitions, sites requiring users to fill out paid surveys and sites with a model that encourges users to spam others (e.g. "Sign up 10 members to get X free")

In addition any use of Dcloud and any content linked to must be legal in the UK (where Dcloud is hosted).

URL rejection and removal

We can reject URLs when they are submitted or later remove, disable or redirect shortened URLs for any reason. Our intention is only to do this where they violate our terms or the spirit of fair usage, or we have reason to suspect they do (e.g. if they appear on a blacklist we consult). We're only human and mistakes are occasionally made - we can reinstate disabled shortened URLs if we think it's appropriate to do so.

Excessive usage

We need to keep Dcloud fast and responsive for everyone so we limit the amount it can be used to levels we consider reasonable. See our usage limits page for the current limits. Users may not open more than 5 concurrent connections to Dcloud at any time. For automated scripts or programs using our API a specific code is returned for excessive use (see our developer documentation) and your application should wait before retrying your request. If it doesn't do this and continues to hammer you may get blocked.

Our shortened URLs

Users who create Dcloud shortened URLs cannot later delete them or modify their destinations (this helps to prevent abuse). Our shortened URLs could redirect anywhere, you follow them at your own risk and Dcloud is not responsible or liable for content you visit.

Data usage

We do not share any information with third parties unless explicitly stated in our privacy policy. We do not collect or store any information other that required to provide you with the service and to provide us with site usage statistics.

Warranty and liability

The short version: Dcloud is free. We'll do our best to maintain it but we might have problems or things might break. If they do, we don't owe you anything.

The long version: we provide Dcloud as a free service - as such it carries no warranty of any kind. Dcloud and its staff and owners are not liable for any loss or problem you might suffer due to using the service. This includes losses in the event that the service stops operating, is unavailable or slow, suffers data loss, or any other issue which might be considered detrimental to you.

Violation of our terms

If you violate our terms, depending on the severity of the abuse, we may disable shortened URLs you have created or block you from using Dcloud (and our other URL shorteners) temporarily or permanently. In cases of severe abuse or illegal usage we may report this to the relevant law enforcement agencies.