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Kanye West wins ‘Coinye’ lawsuit

July 28, 2014

Kanye WestKanye West has won a lawsuit against the creators of Coinye Bitcoin, a cryptocurreny named after the rapper.

West’s lawyers issued a cease-and-desist letter against the creators of the online currency, who have remained anonymous, in January citing gimmick infringement and insisting the coding service bestow their website and deactivate social media accounts affiliated to the currency.

A trademark-infringement lawsuit was then introduced after the coin’s creators changed the Coinye logo adding a fishtail to West’s face in reference to popular cartoon Comedy, South Park’s episode ‘Fishsticks’ where the rapper is mocked for having no humour and taking himself too seriously.

A majority of named defendants lost the lawsuit by default as they did not respond to the allegations and three have settled with West, according to documents filed this week.

The unnamed creators also failed to respond to letters from West’s lawyers and have too lost the case by default.

Words by Lorne Gillies.

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