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Kanye West Wins Round 1 Against "Coinye" Bitcoin But The Fight May Not Be Over


(AllHipHop News) The first step in Kanye West’s legal battle against the bitcoin cyrptocurrency using his likeness is over. According to Billboard, the Hip Hop superstar has successfully forced some of the creators of “Coinye” to halt their plans of dispersing the digital money.

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West sent a cease-and-desist letter to seven anonymous coders and filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit in January. The currency was temporarily shut down. When the Coinye creators simply changed their logo, the Chicago native updated his suit to include over 100 defendants. Most of the people in the lawsuit were listed as “John/Jane Does.”

This week a few of the named defendants lost the case by default, because they failed to respond. Named defendants Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis settled with the Yeezus rapper.

While this is a victory for West, Hypebot reports the win in U.S. District Court may not have permanently killed the Coinye phenomenon. Other brands sporting the Kanye-inspired name are still active including coinyecoin.org and coinyethecoin.com. The latter site features the tagline, “When they tell you to cease and desist, increase and resist!”

[ALSO READ: Report: Kanye West Wants To Release Next Album As A Surprise]

 

  • Eli Pinilla

     “The first step in Kanye West’s legal battle against the bitcoin cyrptocurrency using his likeness is over”

    Bitcoin is just the name of a cryptocurrency. Not the name for all cryptocurrency. If kanye was smart, he would let this ride.

    • s0rethumb

      He’s too controlling and uneducated about what this could’ve been with his endorsement. Agreed he should.

      • Eli Pinilla

        Yea man. But alot of people are naive and don’t get it. Shit, we’re the only ones commenting on it lol people would be all over cryptocurrency if they knew how it worked and why it exists in the first place.

      • s0rethumb

        Man I don’t know how to get my info to you without blasting but this is exactly what I want to do…Make financials friendly, to regular folk. Penny Stocks to flipping watches. In rhyme form of course.

      • Eli Pinilla

        U know how to use pgp?

      • golder1

        This dude is far from uneducated. And it seems you dont get it. If a court has sided with him as well as others have settled their individual case with Ye, it seems he knows what he is talking about. He is not going after Biticon as a whole just those that use his likeness without compensating him. Thats business 101 dummy.

      • s0rethumb

        mmk. May he create the wheel again, goldenshower.

    • 5% Hov

      “If kanye was smart”

      Ye is not business man

    • golder1

      If you were smart you would know what you are talking about b4 you comment

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