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    Terms of Service resources

    I'm pondering TOS and Acceptable Use Policy. I've seen some chat in the forum about using the Spamhaus Project AUP generator or merits of hostlegal.net, and some interesting dialogue about the risk of suit for being too conservative and infringing speech. Some of the "Running a Web Hosting Business Tutorials" I read touch on it but take a very high-level view of TOS/AUP.

    I've got some hosting business falling into my lap because they want a subdomain, and I basically want a hassle-free experience. Sounds like a good upstanding organization but I want to be able to kill their account if it turns toward porno, threatening content, etc.

    Anyone have any good reference to a thorough article on boilerplate short of running up a legal bill for customized TOS language?

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    In my opinion, best practice is to check various hosts' TOS and then write them on your web in your own words. In TOS, you do not need to be technical, write in simplest words you can.

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    If you are a reseller, some reseller providers provide their clients (upon request) with legal documents. I can remember EZPZHosting and SpecHosting. There are others more.

    Even those who do not (openly) provide such, if you contact them, they will be happy to allow you to use theirs.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSalam View Post
    If you are a reseller, some reseller providers provide their clients (upon request) with legal documents. I can remember EZPZHosting and SpecHosting. There are others more.

    Even those who do not (openly) provide such, if you contact them, they will be happy to allow you to use theirs.
    Good luck.
    I agree with that totally! Most Hosting Providers will let you use theirs if you contact them first. SpecHosting gives all resellers a free copy of their own TOS when they sign up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDesigns View Post
    I agree with that totally! Most Hosting Providers will let you use theirs if you contact them first. SpecHosting gives all resellers a free copy of their own TOS when they sign up.
    Thank you BDesigns and thanks Ihsan for pointing us out!

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    For legal document ask to your service provider and for TOS you can wrtie yourself as per your conditions and experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSalam View Post
    If you are a reseller, some reseller providers provide their clients (upon request) with legal documents.
    Or you can also use your host's TOS after altering according to you. This will give you another big benefit i.e "you will understand your host's terms fully" and avoid account suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Anderson View Post
    Or you can also use your host's TOS after altering according to you. This will give you another big benefit i.e "you will understand your host's terms fully" and avoid account suspension.
    Actually most providers will not allow you to copy their TOS, even with minor changes.

    The best bet would be to go with a host that offers on if reselling OR have a lawyer draft one for you.

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    I wouldn't necessarily copy other people's TOS and AUP, but use it as a guide to formulating my own. Just a piece of advice.

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    I always believe in reading the TOS and AUP of other companies too to understand how they form their TOS. However, I advise against blindly copying a company's TOS. Web Hosts should be knowing what is best for them and their customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prashant1979 View Post
    Web Hosts should be knowing what is best for them and their customers.
    I would hope they would at least read the TOS to know what they're offering haha.

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