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Join us for cocktails at WHD.global 2014

WorldHostingDays.global 2014 is just around the corner. OpenSRS will be at WHD.global again this year and if you are attending the event we’d love to meet you face to face.

We are hosting a cocktail reception along with Atomia and Halon Security. Drop by the Commedia dell’ Arte in the lobby of the Hotel Colosseo on Monday, March 31st (between 18:00-20:00) to enjoy a drink or two and start off the week with some good, relaxed conversation. No need to RSVP.

You may also want to take note of a couple of events that you won’t want to miss:

  • Wednesday, April 2nd at 16:55 (Sanssouci room): Alex Schwertner, Director of Product Management, OpenSRS, will be presenting “Domain name industry 2014 – Rude awakening or endless opportunity?”. Make sure you mark your calendar for this session. Alex will be sharing his thoughts on new TLDs.
  • All week: OpenSRS will be exhibiting in the hosting.FAIR throughout the week. Look for us at booth E12. Come by to say hi and grab your squishy cows.  See the hosting.FAIR floorplan.

If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting, email sales.emea@opensrs.com.

Safe travels to all attending and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

See you at WorldHostingDays.global 2013

WorldHostingDays.global
WorldHostingDays.global 2013 happens next week at Europa-Park, in Germany. OpenSRS will be at WHD.global again this year and we’re looking forward to meeting many of our resellers face-to-face.

If you are attending the show this year, you’ll want to take note of a couple of events that you won’t want to miss.

  • Monday, March 18th, 18:00-20:00: We are hosting a cocktail reception along with our friends from the .CO registry. Drop by the Commedia dell’ Arte in the lobby of the Hotel Colosseo to enjoy a drink or two and start off the week with some good, relaxed conversation. No need to RSVP – Thorsten and the rest of the OpenSRS team will be there between 18:00 and 20:00.
  • Wednesday, March 19th at 17:15 (in La Sala Bianca): Adam Eisner, Director of Product Management, OpenSRS, will be presenting How New TLDs and New Rules Will Change the Domain Game. Make sure you mark your calendar for this session. Adam will be talking about New gTLDs and what impact the coming expansion of the domain name space will have on your business.
  • All week: OpenSRS will be exhibiting in the hosting.FAIR throughout the week. Look for us at booth A16 and come by to say hi. See the hosting.FAIR floorplan.

If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule a meeting, email sales.emea@opensrs.com.

Safe travels to all attending and we hope to see you there next week!

Change is Coming, Are You Informed?

Last week at WHD.global, Thorsten Einig, our Managing Director for Europe, gave a presentation titled, “Change Means Opportunity – Key Domain Trends for Hosters in 2012″.

In the session, Thorsten mapped out some of the trends and changes coming to the domain industry in 2012, and provided some key insights and ideas for hosting companies looking to take advantage.

2012 is going to be a year of big change in our industry. The introduction of new generic Top-level Domains will have major impacts on everyone across the Internet, including hosters. Make sure you are well informed about what’s going on, and armed with a plan so you’ll be able to find the opportunity in a time of change.

Below you’ll find Thorsten’s slides from the session. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments – we’re happy to share our knowledge and insights gleaned from 15 years at the forefront of the domains industry.

WHD.global Session Notes – “Hosting after Megaupload.com: Risks, Opportunities and Chances”

Many of us OpenSRSers are in Rust, Germany this week for the WHD.global show. To give you a flavour of what this conference is all about, I’ve attended a few sessions and will provide some notes here.

Today I took in a very interesting session at WHD.global talking about the recent Megaupload case and the impacts on hosting companies.

The presenter was David Snead, an American attorney specializing in Internet business law and advice.

David took some time to explain the Megaupload case, and the indictment, specifically around what Megaupload is alleged to have done. You can read a very good article about the case from the New York Times, so I won’t go into details here.

David summarized the key learnings for hosting companies as it pertains to being the hosting providers for businesses like Megaupload.com. It’s very important, obviously, for hosters to ensure they are properly protected from any legal implications that might come as a result of being the provider to a company like Megaupload.com.

There are a number of key points for hosters:

  1. Understand jurisdiction: David points out that governments often try to extend jurisdiction outside traditional borders. In the case of Megaupload, the servers were in the USA, data travelled through other countries and employees of the company were found in seven different countries.
  2. Boot bad users: David suggests that hosters not be shy about firing bad customers. Once the hoster is aware that a customer is doing something that is outside of what the law allows (or even close), it’s important that the hoster act to remove that customer, or potentially face legal issues themselves.
  3. Have Terms of Service that work: the basis of being able to ensure customers are not participating in illegal activities is to have an effective and functional terms of service that is enforceable.
  4. Understand culture and how that plays into enforcement: David suggests that it is critical to understand the cultural customs and laws outside of the hoster’s own country and in any areas where the hosting company might reach. That means they need to be aware of things like gambling customs in certain countries and US states, anti-government and free-speech issues in some places, and of course intellectual property and copyright issues in many countries.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider here for hosters. The most important thing is that hosting companies make themselves aware of the current situation as it pertains to legal issues, and also that they seek out legal help and advice when required.

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