Web hosting Contract Resources
There are hundreds of millions of websites, and as the web grows, so does the hosting industry. A critical - although sometimes neglected - aspect of any hosting business is its web hosting contract. To successfully write or negotiate a web hosting contract, you need a good understanding not only of the applicable contract law, but also of the technology of hosting and the impact of internet law upon web hosting services.
Web Hosting: Business and Technology
If you're a lawyer rather than a techie, the first thing you need to learn about is hosting. This article on Wikipedia provides a good introduction to web hosting services. It also includes links to more detailed information on general website management and types of hosting services. For a step-by-step approach, this article on webhostinggeeks.com provides guidance on starting up a web hosting business.
Sample Web Hosting Contracts
Legal News and Information: Technology Law
Findlaw is one of the easiest ways to keep up to date with the latest technology law news, including news relevant to web hosts. Part of Thomson Reuters, it has a very comprehensive catalogue of topic-specific news as well as its own Legal Technology Center. For UK-specific news, see Out-law.com.
Web Hosting Contracts: Expert Law Firms
Hosting contracts will usually be drafted by a firms media and technology or IP/IT department. Most commercial law firms should be able to effectively draft and negotiate straightforward web hosting agreements, but for more sophisticated and high value agreements, you should look for a firm with specific IT law expertise. You (usually) wont go wrong if you instruct one of the top technology firms listed in The Legal 500 or HG.org.
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