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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SXSW Take Back Your Internet Recap

We were honored to be a sponsor of Golden Frog's "Take Back Your Internet" panel and party. It was a great event with lively discussions about the open internet, what the privacy landscape will look like given the new FCC ruling, and much more. At Giganews, we believe in an open internet and privacy online. We were the first Usenet provider to provide SSL connections and we were the first to bundle encrypted VyprVPN service and storage to offer our members tools to take back their privacy online.


Take Back your Internet panel:
  • Marvin Ammori – Internet lawyer, activist, and scholar, Ammori Group
  • Edward Henigin - CTO of Data Foundry
  • Chip Pickering - CEO of Comptel
  • Gigi Sohn - The special counsel for public affairs at the FCC
  • James Waterworth - Vice President of CCIA Europe
Moderator: Rob Pegoraro, Veteran technology journalist

Thanks to all who joined us. You can view photos from the event and check out just a couple of our awesome Giganews members below tweeting out their support of @Giganews.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Giganews Wins Big Judgment Against Perfect 10 For Baseless Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Earlier this week, Giganews secured a significant legal victory. And with it, an important validation of Usenet as one of the essential protocols of the Internet and recognition for the users who rely on it everyday.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has ordered Perfect 10 to pay more than $5.6 million in attorneys fees and costs to Giganews. In granting Giganews' motion for legal fees, the court recognized that:

"The Usenet services the defendants offer serve to foster an exchange of information or opinion on a particular topic from, say, the music of Wagner to Balkan politics to AIDS prevention to the Chicago Bulls," and the Court took the position that Perfect 10's "unmeritorious claims against the leading Usenet service provider in the country posed a serious threat to the public's access to free and competitive expression."

Giganews is obviously pleased with today's ruling and hopes it will put an end to the tactics of a serial litigator whose primary business model appears to be filing unmeritorious suits and then unnecessarily driving up litigation costs in order to drive a settlement. Though we are pleased, this legal battle has been going on for four years. Any system where it takes that long, and millions of dollars to defend yourself from frivolous lawsuits is flawed. Part of our motivation for continuing the legal fight with Perfect 10 is standing up for the online service providers and Internet companies that are under constant attack from copyright trolls. We have followed the DMCA since its inception and call for copyright law reform to make it harder for baseless litigation to proceed.

The entire judgment is embedded below. You can also download it at this link:

https://truck.it/p/k5p0b1mCCx

Here are a few of our favorite excerpts:

"All of the evidence before the Court demonstrates that Perfect 10 is in the business of litigation, not protecting its copyrights or "stimulat[ing] artistic creativity for the general public good."

"Perfect 10 has a long,documented history of sending service providers inadequate takedown notices under the DMCA that fail to identify specific infringing material, and then bringing suit for the service providers' failure to respond to deficient DMCA takedown notices."

"Despite numerous admonitions that its inadequate notices unduly burden service providers" and reminders that "the burden of policing copyright infringement falls squarely on" Perfect 10, Perfect 10 never attempted to submit a takedown notice in this action that Giganews could actually use. Indeed, even after Perfect 10 admittedly learned of a method to produce a takedown notice in "15 minutes" that would result in almost immediate removal of 90 percent of the Perfect 10 content on Giganews's servers, Perfect 10 refused to do so."

"Perfect 10's lack of interest in helping … actually remove the material from Giganews' servers is all the more salient in light of Perfect 10's admission that it has never taken any substantial steps to avoid copyright piracy from its own website. Perfect 10 has never taken any steps to prevent the images it presents on its website from unauthorized use or instituted any security measures (such as a digital watermark) to identify or track individuals who download images from Perfect 10's website and subsequently upload those photos onto the internet."

"Perfect 10 is not a "starving artist" in need of protection from an award of attorneys' fees – it is a serial plaintiff operating on a self-proclaimed business model of litigation. In light of Perfect 10's well-documented improper motive in bringing suit the Court has little concern that an award of attorneys' fees in this action will discourage "starving artists" from protecting their copyrights. If anything, it will discourage serial litigants from bringing unmeritorious suits and then unnecessarily driving up litigation costs in order to drive a settlement. Such a result is entirely consistent with the purpose of the Copyright Act, and this factor weighs in favor of an award of attorneys' fees."

"Because copyright law ultimately serves the purpose enriching the general public through access to creative works, is peculiarly important that the boundaries of copyright law demarcated as clearly as possible. To that end, defendants who seek to advance a variety of meritorious copyright defense should be encouraged to litigate them to the same extent that plaintiffs are encouraged to litigate meritorious claims of infringement... Thus a successful defense of a copyright infringement action may further the policies of the Copyright Act every bit as much as a successful prosecution of an infringement claim by the holder of a copyright."

Monday, March 09, 2015

VyprVPN "Port Selection" Now Available for Giganews Diamond Customers



For you Diamond customers out there, we've got a neat thing to share with you from Golden Frog. It's a new feature for VyprVPN called Port Selection, and it's now available for Windows and Mac desktop platforms on the OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols.

What and Why Is Port Selection?

Until now, VyprVPN has used a default port when attempting to make a VPN connection. Sometimes the port will be blocked or throttled – by a country, university, ISP, what have you – and this can compromise your ability to successfully connect and encrypt your Internet connection. Port Selection solves this problem and allows you to access a wide range of UDP ports so that you can defeat intentional port blocking or throttling. In short, get more consistent and successful VyprVPN connections by using Port Selection with OpenVPN or Chameleon protocols in the desktop apps.

A Few Things To Know:

  • Port Selection is only available for our Giganews Diamond account, which comes with VyprVPN Pro.
  • Port Selection works for OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols only.
  • Port Selection can be set to automatic or manual. Automatic will scan the ranges specified to defeat port blocking and throttling. With manual selection, you can enter the default ports (443 for Chameleon and OpenVPN256, 1194 for OpenVPN116) or any port within the specified range.
If you're not a Diamond Customer, but you really like Port Selection, you can always upgrade your account from your control panel. Or if you're shopping around for a Usenet provider with VPN, you can get a sample of our Usenet for 14 days free.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Taiwan!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in Taipei, Taiwan. This is the 10th VyprVPN server location in Asia. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Taiwan VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Taiwan as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Panama!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in Panama City, Panama. This is the second VyprVPN server location in Central America. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Panama VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Panama as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations across North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Central America.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Costa Rica!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in San José, Costa Rica. This is the first VyprVPN server location in Central America. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Costa Rica VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Costa Rica as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations across North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and now Central America.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Colombia!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in Bogotá, Colombia. This is the third VyprVPN server location in South America. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Colombia VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Colombia as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to over 50 server locations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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