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General Terms and Conditions

Last updated June 23, 2017.

These General Terms & Conditions apply to all offers, quotations and subsequent agreements between HOSTKEY B.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Chamber of Commerce 52751554 (“HOSTKEY”) and its counterpart (“Customer”).

The application of any purchasing terms of Customer are expressly rejected. Any terms & conditions that deviate from these general terms & conditions are valid only if expressly confirmed in writing by HOSTKEY.

Article 1. Formation of the agreement

  1. HOSTKEY offers various hosting, colocation and cloud-related services. Customer can select the desired configuration and options through the web interface provided by HOSTKEY.
  2. Upon receipt of the selected configuration from Customer, HOSTKEY will review and approve or reject an order. Customer will be notified by email. HOSTKEY is free to reject any order but shall substantiate a rejection.
  3. Pricing and other options presented on the website of HOSTKEY are non-binding and subject to change at any time. Only the approved request from HOSTKEY determines the content and pricing of the configuration and options selected by Customer.
  4. HOSTKEY has the right to correct errors in the selected configuration, including prices, provided HOSTKEY informs Customer as soon as is possible about the error.

Article 2. Provision of services

  1. Upon approval, HOSTKEY will deploy a server as specified in the order. HOSTKEY will enable access to the service using an administrative account set up by HOSTKEY. Customer can create additional accounts through the configuration interface of the services.
  2. Customer agrees to use only strong passwords and implement all security measures appropriate under the circumstances (e.g. the use of ssh instead of telnet) to safeguard access to the administrative and other accounts on the services.
  3. HOSTKEY provides unmanaged services. HOSTKEY may assume that all activities that occur using the administrative account or an additional account are under supervision and risk of Customer. If Customer suspects an unauthorized third party has gained access to a password, Customer shall change its password as soon as possible and/or contact HOSTKEY as soon as possible so appropriate action can be taken.
  4. Customer undertakes to do everything in its power that is reasonably necessary for HOSTKEY to provide the services. Customer shall in particular ensure that HOSTKEY has access to all information, which HOSTKEY indicates is necessary for the provision of services.

Article 3. Availability of the services

  1. HOSTKEY uses commercially reasonable efforts to ensure continued availability of the Services, but cannot guarantee that the Services will be available for the benefit of Customer at all times.
  2. In case of any interruption or limited availability of the Services, HOSTKEY shall make reasonable efforts to remedy interruptions of the Services as soon as possible. Customer shall provide all necessary support to HOSTKEY to remedy such interruptions. If the interruptions are attributable to third parties, such as a telecommunication provider, HOSTKEY’s only obligation is to urge that third party to ensure efficient remedy of that interruption.
  3. HOSTKEY offers technical support by email and telephone and does so on a 24/7 basis. Contact information and a way-of-working for support will be provided separately. HOSTKEY is entitled to invoice Customer at its customary hourly rate for any actions carried out as support requests for issues, which are attributable to Customer.
  4. HOSTKEY is entitled to suspend or restrict use of the Services temporarily without prior notice as necessary to perform reasonably required maintenance to or upgrading of its systems, without Customer being entitled to any form of compensation. HOSTKEY strives to do so only when usage is low and will endeavor to announce maintenance or upgrade windows in advance.
  5. All licensed software provided by HOSTKEY in the context of the agreement is leased and not sold. HOSTKEY and its licensors retain all right, title and interest in the software and any updates thereto. Customer only holds a limited, personal, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicenseable license to use the software for its business for the term of the agreement. Software license fees are non-refundable once the software has been activated.
  6. HOSTKEY is not obligated to make backups of Customer data stored through its services (including software installed on the services, configuration changes made by Customer or data stored in databases associated with the services) except when specifically agreed otherwise in writing beforehand.
  7. When creation of backups was expressly agreed, HOSTKEY’s sole obligation regarding such backups is to make a best effort to collect and back up the agreed-upon data and to make such available for recovery in case of emergency situations. The recovery of individual files or data items from a backup is only possible in exception cases and against payment of the customary hourly rate of HOSTKEY.

Article 4. Acceptable use policy

  1. Customer shall not use the Services or allow others to do the same in any manner that violates any applicable civil or criminal law, and / or then-current Terms of Use published by HOSTKEY or that negatively affects the performance of the services.
  2. HOSTKEY may suspend or terminate the services if HOSTKEY, at its sole discretion, deems the content hosted or use of the services is likely to be in violation of the above terms. HOSTKEY does not need to consult or inform Customer in such a case. HOSTKEY is not liable for any damages Customer may suffer as a result of its actions under this clause.
  3. In case a real or suspected violation of the above terms is raised by a third party which claims harm from the violation, HOSTKEY will act as per the terms of its then-current Notice and Takedown procedure. In addition, HOSTKEY will comply with all proper governmental or court orders regarding the provision of any information in accordance with the law.
  4. In case Customer’s use of the services or associated resources substantially exceeds reasonable use (e.g. extremely high data traffic or resource usage), HOSTKEY may suspend the offending service until the matter has been discussed with Customer and an appropriate solution (such as a hard limit on the resource usage or an upgrade to a higher offering) has been found.

Article 5. Domain names

  1. In case part of Customer’s request is to register or transfer any domain names under control of HOSTKEY, HOSTKEY will work with Customer to effect such registration or transfer, but only in the role as an intermediary or agent of Customer.
  2. Registration and use of domain names is subject to the rules set by the applicable domain name registry. HOSTKEY accepts no responsibility or liability in this regard, as HOSTKEY is not a party to any agreement between the registry and Customer.
  3. A registration or transfer of a domain name is successful only if Customer has obtained confirmation from the registry (e.g. through WHOIS). An invoice from HOSTKEY does not constitute a proof of registration or transfer. In case any authorization keys or codes are necessary to effect a transfer, Customer shall supply such keys or codes to HOSTKEY.
  4. HOSTKEY accepts no liability for the loss or inability to use a domain name except when such loss or inability is the direct result of intentional misconduct or gross negligence on the part of HOSTKEY.
  5. HOSTKEY has the right to suspend or cancel a domain name in case of termination of the agreement based on a violation of the agreement by Customer.
  6. In case of service termination by either party, any fees associated with the domain name(s) are non-refundable.

Article 6. Pricing and invoicing

  1. All prices are in Euros exclusive of value-added tax (VAT) and other government-imposed levies or costs. Customer is responsible for any costs associated with making payment, including wire transfer fees and currency conversion costs.
  2. HOSTKEY shall invoice Customer in accordance with the selected payment term for the services provided. Provision of services is done on the basis of advance payments. For additional services, fees are charged prior to completion of the service, unless agreed otherwise.
  3. Where invoices are based on processor, storage and/or transmission capacity used by Customer, HOSTKEY’s accounting system shall constitute full evidence towards Customer, unless Customer submits concluding evidence to the contrary.
  4. Customer shall pay all invoices in full within fourteen (14) days of the invoice date.
  5. Upon Customer’s failure to pay within the term, HOSTKEY will disable the services and/or associated functionality (e.g. the administrative interface) until all invoices have been paid in full.
  6. If Customer disputes all or part of an invoice, Customer must provide a complaint with supporting evidence to HOSTKEY in writing within seven days after receiving the invoice. In such an event, Customer is entitled to suspend payment of the disputed part of the invoice but not of any other part.
  7. If HOSTKEY deems the complaint is justified, HOSTKEY will issue an adjusted or replacement invoice. If HOSTKEY deems the complaint unjustified, Customer will pay the disputed balance immediately. Customer will also pay legal interest calculated on a monthly basis from the moment the original term of payment expired, and any costs, fees and expenses incurred in connection with the collection of the debt.
  8. HOSTKEY may limit access to the Services or otherwise suspend its obligations under the agreement if HOSTKEY may reasonably make an assumption that Customer has failed to comply with its payment obligations.
  9. HOSTKEY is entitled to adjust the prices twice every calendar year by giving a one-month notice.

Article 7. Limitation of liability

  1. HOSTKEY shall be liable to Customer only for direct damages arising out of its intentional misconduct towards Customer or materially negligent performance of any of its obligations under the agreement.
  2. HOSTKEY shall never be liable for any consequential, special, punitive and/or incidental damages, including loss of profits, arising out of or in connection with the agreement, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
  3. Any liability of HOSTKEY for an event shall not exceed the amount actually paid by Customer to HOSTKEY in the three months preceding the date the event occurred.
  4. No liability shall exist for damages that have not been reported to HOSTKEY in writing within two weeks of their occurrence, or for damages where Customer failed to take appropriate measures to limit such damages.
  5. Customer shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless HOSTKEY against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, actions, costs or expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by it in connection with any claim from third parties.

Article 8. Force majeure

  1. Apart from the obligation to make timely payments pursuant to the agreement, neither of the parties shall be liable for any failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the agreement if that failure is due to force majeure.
  2. Force majeure is deemed to include, without limitation, acts or omissions of governments, acts or omissions of military authorities, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disturbances, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, epidemics, landslides, earthquakes, fires, storms, lightning, floods, acts of God, civil disturbances, (distributed) denial of service attacks, limited functioning of the relevant Internet infrastructure outside the control of either party, terrorist attacks, late delivery by third party suppliers and any other acts or omissions not within the control of the affected party.
  3. The party affected by the event of force majeure shall without delay inform the other party of the extent of the delay expected as a result of the event in writing.

Article 9. Term and termination

  1. The agreement is formed upon HOSTKEY’s approval of the request and remains in force for successive terms of one month each, until Customer terminates the agreement by means of a written notice or a cancelation request submitted via the Client Area.
  2. At any time HOSTKEY may demand Customer to provide proof of its identity. Failure to cooperate with this process is reason for immediate termination of the agreement.
  3. In case a Customer blamefully fails to comply with the material obligations under the agreement, HOSTKEY will terminate the agreement, but only after the party that failed to comply has not remedied the failure within a reasonable period of time after service suspension due to non-payment.
  4. Upon termination HOSTKEY will send Customer a final invoice for any amounts due but not yet invoiced. Any invoices sent before the date of termination will remain due and in full effect and will become immediately payable on termination.
  5. Those terms and conditions of these Terms and Conditions and the agreement, which are, by their nature, meant to survive the term of the agreement, shall so survive.

Article 10. Changes to the agreement

  1. The agreement, including these Terms and Conditions may only be modified by a written document executed by the parties.
  2. HOSTKEY has the right to adapt or add to these Terms and Conditions at any time. Such adapted or additional terms shall enter into force 10 days after communication thereof to Customer.
  3. If Customer does not wish to accept an adapted or additional term, Customer must raise its objection to HOSTKEY within these 10 days after being notified about these terms. HOSTKEY then may, at its discretion, withdraw the adaptation or addition. If HOSTKEY does not do so, Customer has the right to terminate the agreement within these 10 days. Failure to terminate constitutes acceptance of such terms.

Article 11. Applicable law and disputes

  1. The law of the Netherlands governs the agreement and these General Terms and Conditions. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply.
  2. Any disputes arising between HOSTKEY and Customer in connection with the agreement will be settled by the competent courts in the Netherlands, in the principal place of business of HOSTKEY.
  3. In the event that any part of the agreement or these General Terms and Conditions become or are declared to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the rest of this agreement. The parties shall in such a case determine one or more replacement provisions that most closely approximate the clause concerned and which is legal under applicable law.
  4. The failure of either party at any time to require performance by the other party of any provision of the agreement shall in no way affect that party's right to enforce such provisions, nor shall the waiver by either party of any breach of any provision of the agreement be taken or held to be a waiver of any further breach of the same provision.
  5. Neither party may bring an action, regardless of form, arising out of or related to the agreement more than one year after the cause of action has arisen or the date of discovery of such cause, whichever is later. However, in no event can an action be brought more than one year after the date of termination of the agreement.

Article 12. Miscellaneous terms

  1. The parties enter into the agreement as independent contractors. No employment or agent/principal relationship is created by the agreement between HOSTKEY and Customer or any of their respective employees or agents.
  2. The agreement shall not be assigned or otherwise transferred by a party without the prior written consent of the other party, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. Any such assignment without such consent will be null and void. However, no consent is necessary for an assignment or transfer of the agreement to any affiliate of the transferring party or any company that succeeds to substantially all of that party’s business. Furthermore, HOSTKEY is permitted to assign and transfer the agreement to any third party. The agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the successors and permitted assigns of the parties.
  3. Customer shall keep HOSTKEY informed of any changes in his name, address or other contact details that may be relevant to HOSTKEY.
  4. Any requirement for a “written” statement can be fulfilled by using an email, provided the identity of the sender and the integrity of such email can be determined with sufficient certainty.
  5. The section headings in these General Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be used in construing or interpreting said terms.

Notice and Takedown Procedure

Last updated June 23, 2017.


This NTD document is one of the items of an initiative of organizations that are doing their best to combat the presence of unlawful or infringing content on its network.

The NTD document establishes no new statutory obligations but is intended to help organizations to operate with care within the existing legislative framework in the removal of information from the Internet at the request of third parties. A procedure is described for this purpose. Complying with the procedure is voluntary, and there can be no formal enforcement in the case of noncompliance. The benefits of complying with this document lie in the achievement of more efficient procedures and in the reduction of liability risks. This is a document of conduct that lays down the conditions for the interaction between the parties involved.

The NTD procedure addresses the way reports concerning (alleged) unlawful content on the Internet are dealt with. In addition, it can also be employed with respect to content that intermediaries consider being undesirable or damaging. The document should contribute to the ability of private individuals and organizations to deal effectively with these types of reports between themselves as far as possible. The possibility always remains for them to bring the matter before the courts or to make an official report to the police.

Notice and Takedown Procedure

HOSTKEY respects your rights and expects you to respect the rights of others.

This NTD procedure does not apply to situations where other statutory obligations or liabilities are applicable to HOSTKEY's Customers on the basis of legislation and jurisprudence.

HOSTKEY is not able to fully monitor the manner in which its services are being used by a Customer or an end user. HOSTKEY does not have access to the content hosted by its Customers.

The law requires an Applicant to send a notice first to the person or organization that has placed certain content on the Internet. The Applicant can then submit the report to HOSTKEY in case the responsible person or organization is unknown or if they do not respond to the abuse notification.

Report requirements

It is preferable that a report is only made once it is clear that the Applicant and the content owner will not be unable to reach an agreement. The Applicant is responsible for ensuring abuse reports are correct and complete.

HOSTKEY should be able to verify that reports following an investigation regarding a criminal offense have originated from an inspection or investigation service, or — in the case of a formal legal order — from the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
A report of any other nature than the foregoing should be based on HOSTKEY’s Complaint procedure.


HOSTKEY shall evaluate the report and classify it into one of three categories:

  1. Punishable content reported by an inspection or investigation service, or — in the case of a formal legal order — by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
  2. Unequivocally unlawful and/or punishable content reported by sources other than the authorities listed under 1; and
  3. All other content, falling neither under category 1 or 2.


HOSTKEY’s categorization of the report determines which measures are taken to address the report.
In the event that HOSTKEY determines that the content concerned is unequivocally unlawful or punishable, in other words, falls under the above-mentioned categories 1 and 2, HOSTKEY ensures that the access to the infringing source is blocked.
In the event that HOSTKEY determines that the content concerned is not unequivocally unlawful or punishable, in other words, falls under the above-mentioned category 3, the access to the infringing source is not going to be blocked. HOSTKEY will inform Applicant accordingly.
In the event that HOSTKEY is not or insufficiently able to judge whether the content concerned is unequivocally unlawful or punishable, HOSTKEY will inform the content owner about the report with the request to remove the content or to contact Applicant. If Applicant and the content owner are unable to reach an agreement, Applicant can make an official report to the police if a criminal offense might be concerned. If it concerns content that is alleged to be unlawful under civil law, Applicant can bring the dispute with the content owner before a Dutch court of law. Should the content owner be unwilling to sufficiently identify himself to Applicant, HOSTKEY has the right to provide Applicant with the content owner’s name, email address and IP-address or to block the access the source.


Categorization and appropriate measures will preferably take place as soon as possible, within ultimately 10 work days after receiving the report.


Applicant might request HOSTKEY to deal with the report as a matter of urgency. In that case, the report should substantiate the reasons for urgency. HOSTKEY determines at its own discretion whether the report should be dealt with as a matter of urgency on the basis of the foregoing explanation.

Final provisions

HOSTKEY can request an explicit indemnity from an Applicant against claims from the content owner as a result of taking measures in the context of dealing with the report.

Applicants and content owners can come to a mutually acceptable agreement to make use of (shortened) procedures that differ from or that are supplementary to this document of conduct.