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.
On this page you will be able to find links to web resources including almost everything you need to know about web hosting contracts, from introductory material to sample contracts, and from news sources to law firm directories.
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.
But if you are looking for more something a little more in depth, then you may want to have a look at the selection of books about web hosting available on Amazon.
Sample Web Hosting Contracts
There are a range of sample hosting contracts available to view at Onecle. You can also view contracts tailored to a range of different businesses at Tech Agreements.
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 catalog of topic-specific news as well as its own Legal Technology Center. For UK-specific news, see Out-law.com. Although (to the best of my knowledge) there are no books specifically dedicated to web hosting contracts and the law as it relates to web hosts more generally, there are hundreds of books available on Amazon covering internet law and contract law.
Web Hosting Contracts: Expert Law Firms
Hosting contracts will usually be drafted by a firm’s 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) won’t go wrong if you instruct one of the top technology firms listed in The Legal 500 or HG.org.
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