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Lawyers for Kanye West filed cease-and-desist papers against the seven anonymous
coders behind Coinye West, a virtual currency that went from chatroom joke to Internet
sensation last week.
The legal document, dated J an.
6, includes an image of Coinye - a
cartoon representation of W e s t on a gold
medallion. West's lawyer argues
trademark infringement.
"Given Mr. West's wide-ranging
entrepreneurial accomplishments,
consumers are likely to mistakenly believe
that Mr. West is the source of your
services," wrote Brad Rose, a partner at
Pryor Cashman LLP, which has previously
worked for West.
Hoping to keep pace with t h e
self-assured, brash West, the techies
aren't backing down. Instead, they are
moving up Coinye's release date to as
early as Tuesday night. Looking for surer
footing, they changed the name of the
currency from Coinye West to just
"Coinye" and moved their website from a
.com domain name to one registered in
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"We want to release this to the public before the man can try to crush it," one of the
coders said in a Skype text interview Monday night "They'll still come after us, but that's
OK."
So, how did the world-famous rapper get in a legal feud with seven nerds who refuse to
share their names or locations?
As virtual currencies like bitcoin and litecoin have taken off, copycats have emerged.
Some offer slight tweaks to the bitcoin code to account for fraudsters or improve
transactions. Others, such as BBQcoin and dogecoin, appear more as jokes than
legitimate crypto-currencies.
Still, the proliferation of virtual coin prompted the group of seven coders to ask
themselves, what else could you name a virtual coin? "We said Coinye West and we were

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like, 'Holy... we gotta make that," one of them said.
The Internet, predictably, became obsessed. West, an internationally known "musical
artist, songwriter, producer, film director and fashion designer,' stayed silent, according to
his lawyer. Rose didn't return a request for comment.

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In writing, Rose requested that the people behind Coinye stop using the name or any
variation of it, hand over their website and deactivate Facebook and Twitter accounts
for Coinye.

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If they don't comply, Rose threatened to "notify the cryptocurrency community at large of
your infringing actions and pursue all legal remedies against any business that accepts the
purported COINYE WEST currency.''

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As with any virtual currency, there is a chance Coinye could take off if Internet users
decide it has value. And the spat with West will certainly give Coinye extra publicity.

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OhlGetlt wrote:
That's pretty clever including a line from the song Stronger in this story, which is the song that
Kanye West stole Daft Punk's music wholesale, and made it worse. Pretty clever indeed.
5:39 pm January 7, 2014
Robinz wrote:
Dodecoin is the ONLY real currency - all SMART and SAWY and BLEEDING EDGE
INVESTORS (unlike the neckbeard losers who love bit coin) need to see the opportunity for
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dogecoin is a legitimate crypto-currencies. And remember... what was bitcoin at the beginning
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The currency was supposed to launch on Sunday, but instead of being
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bring the launch forward.
The Coinye West team wrote on the redesigned homepage:

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As if that wasn't enough, they redesigned the image which was cited in the
complaint. The new design still features a cartoon of Kanye West, but it is a lot
less flattering.

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It depicts Kanye as a fish (South Park fans should get the joke). Ironically, Kanye
was parodied in South Park for not getting a simple joke conceived by one of the
show's protagonists.
Taking legal action against a team of coders who clearly have a healthy sense of
humour probably won't help Kanye's reputation in certain circles.
The original 'Fishsticks' episode of South Park aired in 2009 and even West said
it was funny, although he admitted it hurt his feelings.
Matt Stone and Tray Parker chose to mock Kanye West again, just a few weeks
ago. If they happen to be bitcoin fans, who knows, maybe they'll do it again.
Kanye's lawyers have a valid point - using celebrity photos and puns to promote
a product is a questionable practice to say the least.
However, apart from having a good sense of humour, the developers obviously
know a thing or two about trademark law. Certain parodies of trademarks are
permissible, including artistic and editorial parodies that are protected by the First
Amendment in the US.
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makes perfect sense. However, it is not a bulletproof legal argument, and courts
have rejected so-called parody defence arguments in many instances.
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What's next beibercoin, cyruscoin, kardashiancoin, etc?
They didn't e x p e c t to receive cease and desist letter?
Crypo doesnt imply the rest of the world might not notice. As crypto becomes
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anonymous coders that bears his name and face.
West's lawyers Sled a cease-and-desist letter against Coinye's creators on Monday,
arguing that the eryptoeurrency represents a trademark infringement, according to
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"We are being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner. Jan 7th," the Coinye
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repeatedly suggesting he was confused by the words "fish sticks."
Coinye is just the latest of many cryptocurrencias created in the wake of the success of
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come after us, but that's OK."
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The cease-and-desist document requests that the creators of Coinye stop
using the name, or a variation of it, hand over their website and deactivate the
associated Facebooh and Twitter accounts for Coinye.
In an attempt to out-maneuver West's legal team, the creators of Coinye have
altered the cartoon image, dropped the West' from its name and moved their
website from a .com domain to one registered in India.
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Attorneys for the American rapper Kanye West have filed a cease and desist letter
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cryptocurrency," partner Brad D. Rose wrote in a Jan. 6 cease and desist tetter to the
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different image of a man with crooked teeth and a fish tail coming out the back of his
head. The domain for the technology's website has been changed to be registered in
India.
The name of the technology and graphic was changed to make if clear that West himself
had nothing to do with the project, t h e developers said Tuesday via email
In their letter, attorneys asked for t h e Coinye team to comply with their demands by early
evening on Monday. 'If you fail to comply with these demands, we will notify the
against any business that accepts t h e purported Coinye West currency," they said.

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01<'07/20t4 02:04 PM PST
Kanye West is a douche bag. He believe rock music is dead too. What a
moron.
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ML2376 ML2376
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01/07/2014 02:08 PM PST
So what? You can't just name something after someone without their
permission, no matter who they are.
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01/07/2014 06:39 PM P S T

ML237S said So what? You cant Just name something after someone
without their permission, no matter who they are.
Yea, t agree wholeheartedEy. Power to the People.
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O W r a O ' M 03:25 PM P S T

Once it's launched it will be impossible to stop! No matter how you feel
about it. If s only a plus that he's a idiot, no matter if the coin dies or not it's
a slap in the face to all the expensive lawyers that are completely helpless
to stop this. A c e a s e a n d desist tetter HAHAHAHAHAii! That probably
cost him a few hundred K on fop of the embarrassment this brings me joy.
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optrader1001
01/07/2014 10:23 PM PST
I didn't like this coins idea UNTIL west stupidly tried to stop it and just gave
it more publicity. And I like its new logo better, shoes his true form!! A GAY
FISH1
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ML2376 said So what? You cant just name something after someone
without their permission, no matter who they are.
Yea! tell that to http:/7[censoredjnobarackobama.tumblr.com/ and

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01/07/2014 11:11 PM PST
M.237S saidSowbai ?:;• You can^justnaipe something sflec someone
without their permission, no matter who they are.

You arguably can if ifs a parody. Entertainers and others who place
themseives in the public spotlight have historicaily received Sess protection
from slander and libel, or related parodies. How else can the tabloids get
away with stating ridiculous things about celebrities?
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01/08/201412:80 AM P S T

ML2376ca'm said
ML2376said
So what? You can't just name something after someone without their
permissiofi, no matter who they are: Yea/i agree molehearierily. Power to
the People.

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Once it's launched it will be impossible to stopi No matter how you feel
about it. Ifs only a plus that he's a idiot, no matter if the coin dies or not ifs
a slap in the face to all the expensive lawyers that are completely helpless
to stop this. A cease and desist letter HAHAHAHAHAIf! That probably
cost him a few hundred K on top of the embarrassment this brings me joy.
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what an idiot he should of of just claimed the coin as a "creator" and he
would of made millions from if. Such a douche bag
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optraderfOOl sard i didnt like this coins idea UNTIL west stupidly tried to
stop it andjust gaye ft more publicity. And i like its new logo better, shoes
his true forma A GAY FISH'.

Thafs how Ifelttoo, until I found out they had changed it from 'Coinye Wesf
to 'CoinyeCoin'... Now It is worthless.
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01/03/2014 12:03 PM P S T
ML237S said So what? You cant just name something after someone :
mtftoul thetr. permission, no master who tfiey are.. : •

Everyone whose name is not original must change it? We would have
names like Deartl234352 and Jacoub632423?
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01/08/2014 12:08 PM P S T
ML2376 said So what?: You cant fost name something after someone:
without their permission, no matter who they are.

If that's how you think the law works, you should have a chat with Rick
Santorum.
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You can't tell a crypto currency to stop and expect it to stop. It's
decentralized he can't d o anything.
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Kanye West's lawyers attempt to block
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Gryptocurrency creators have reportedly received a ceaseand-desist letter from the rapper's law firm, accusing them of
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Kanye West has made attemptstoshut down the virtual currency that
u s e s his name. The anonymous programmers behind the Bitcoin
alternative Coinye West have reportedfy received lawyers' letters
accusing them of infringing on the rapper's trademark.
Billed as a "PROPER and FAIR... [currency] tor the masses". Coinye
West was d u e to get Its official launch on 11 January. But after receiving
a cease-and-desist letter from West's law rirtn, Pryor Cashman, the
cryptocunrencys creators pushed forward the release, issuing the first
coins last night. "WHO GON STOP ME HUH" they tweeted. "Coinye feeiin1
the heat, gonna spread what we g o t so far before the bigwigs steal our
workU"
Just a day before, according to the Wall Street Journal, seven of
Coinye's coders received letters from West's attorney Brad D Rose. This
notice accused them of trademark infringement, trademarK dilution,
unfair competition and cyberpiracy. "Given Mr Wesfs wide-ranging
entrepreneurial accomplishments, consumers are likely to mistakenly
believe mat Mr West is the source of your services or is, a s the very
least... [had] endorsed the cryptocurrency" Rose wrote.

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West "seeks to resolve this matter without resort to Eitigation", Rose
exptained. But in order to avoid a lawsuit, Coinye's inventors wilt have to
shut the whoie thing down: ending "devetopment, sale, distribution and
promotion" of afi Coinye West products and services, deactivating their
Facebook and Twitter accounts, and transferring the coinyewestxom
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claims against Coinye West*s inventors; they wl "notiJy the
cryptocurrency community at large of [Coinye's] infringing actions" and
sue any business that accepts the novefty currency. According to the
United States' Lanham Trademark Act, West is apparently eligible for an
award of trebie damages, plus attorney's fees and costs.

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So far at teast, Coinye West's intrepid techno-economists have made
oniy one concession, changing the currency's name from Coinye West to
simply Coinye, Their main website has shifted accordingly, to cofnyecoin.
"We want to release this to the public before the man can try to crash it,"
one coder told the Wall Street Jourmai. 'They'll stilt come after us, but
that's OK."
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