The Application Service Provider (abbreviation ASP) or application service provider is a service provider that an application (eg., As an ERP offering system) to exchange information over a public network (eg., Internet) or a private data network. The ASP handles the entire administration, such as data backup, patching, etc. Unlike application hosting, a service (eg., user support) is also part of the ASP service. The required software is not bought, but if necessary rents via the data network for the use.
The service is usually offered as part of a rental contract. A legal appraisal as a service contract does not exist, because here the person who is in charge (the ASP) simply owes an act to the provision, but not the provision of the provision. Since there is also no applicable warranty right, such a legal assessment would disadvantage the interests of the user unreasonably. A work contract can not be accepted; The ASP merely provides the software, a successful application, which could only be part of a work contract, is the user's responsibility. On the other hand, it is also conceivable as a leasing contract, in particular as a legal lease.