A headsup about german provider policies
This still being relevant, I'll post it here, too:
Since the same threads happen to pop up over and over again, I decided to put this post mainly in regard of Netcup, Hetzner, Contabo, PHP Friends, All-Inkl and other German providers as they are quite popular among this community.
Before you get tempted by their awesome prices read this:
German providers tend to hold you accountable for the contract you signed.
German providers tend to have old-fashioned 30 days cancellation policies and oddly long/complex billing terms (hello Netcup; although they lately appear to offer monthly terms on their internationally facing website), as well as tend to ask for manual identity verification. It is, however often accepted if you blur out some parts of your ID as I was told by some users iirc(leaving your name visible ofc).
German providers will not tolerate abuse (intentional or unintentional) as long as OVH/Online/Kimsufi/SYS might do.
They are certainly not lenient on this kinda stuff and will drop you like a hot potato.
Germany is a non-torrent friendly country. You are probably better off doing this kinda stuff in NL, Spain, Switzerland, Romania @cociu if you expect to get DMCA requests or shutdown notices.
If you - for whatever reason - end up in late payment or forgot to cancel your contract with a German provider and want to use them ever again: Suck it up and pay it (if it is a legit claim that was made regarding you forgetting to cancel or smth similar). Debt collectors also are a thing here.
That being said... Germany providers are still a great choice if you are intending to run a legit operation (I didn't say shady, illegal or semi-legal; I said legit):
German consumer protection laws usually are on point and often rule in favour of the consumers.
German Providers have to take lots of security measures required by law in order to protect their clients. We also love paperwork (not really).
German Providers tend to offer awesome bang for the buck deals (Netcup, Hetzner, Contabo, PHP Friends..)
German Providers tend to be very stable and we like efficency.
German Providers tend to be privacy friendly (legit privacy that is) and are probably a good pick for hosting websites of journalists that would be persecuted elsewhere.
German Providers are in big trouble if they hand out your data without a legit claim. Never forget that.