Kanye West Lawsuit Shuts Coinye West Bitcoins Down

UPDATE: Kanye West sues Coinye West bitcoin makers and comes out victorious as three defendants settle with the emcee.

Kanye West's lawsuit against Amazon and Coinye West crypto-currency makers has caused the anonymous virtual currency creators to shut their work down.

"COINYE IS DEAD," Coinye's site says. "You win, Kanye." 

West filed a lawsuit against Coinye's creators Tuesday (January 14), according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also sued 0daycoins.com and Amazon for operating a digital currency exchange and for providing web hosting services to the currency exchanges, according to THR's report. 

"With each day that passes, Mr. West's reputation is irreparably harmed," the suit says, as per the New York Daily News. "Consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Mr. West is the source of these digital coins." 

Earlier this month, it was reported that Coinye West's creators dropped the West from the currency's name. They then reportedly dropped Coinye altogether, deciding to change the currency's name to "The Gay Fish," likely a reference to South Park's parody of Kanye West on its show. On the television program, South Park writers crafted an episode about a fictionalized West believing he is a gay fish. The original episode, which was revisited in the show's most recent season finale, can be streamed at South Park's website

The Coinye site also features the following image.

(January 15, 2014)

UPDATE: In the wake of a settlement in this case, Coinye West has been shut down. 

Three defendants, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, settled with Kanye West in the Coinye lawsuit, according to Billboard.

McCord has denied being involved in Coinye's creation and his lawyer says it is "unfortunate that a parody turned into such an expensive endeavor." 

Other alleged Coinye makers have remained anonymous in the process, according to the publication. West reportedly won the lawsuit because many of the John-and-Jane Does failed to respond to the rapper's complaints. 

Nevertheless, Billboard notes Coinye West "has officially died." 

RELATED: Coinye Creators Change Name And Image In Response To Kanye West's Cease And Desist


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    That's what those white faggots get

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    kanye is a sucker for that

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    this is crypto, since the lawsuit activity has only increased within days it will be exchanges via peer to peer trade sites that can not be shut down (the us govt and google has failed to close such systems, not even your isp can fully block. Kayne is spending his money to help test crypto, who care about coinye .. this is a study for the crypto we care about (bitcoin litecoin, peercoin and primecoin) t/y Kayne we could never afford to finance such a project

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    its not bitcoin you fuckin idiots. its a cryptocurrency

  • Vauce

    THIS: I thought he couldn't track them down to stop them? I don't believe they would give up that easy. They should make a new currency called Koonye

  • Anonymous

    I thought he couldn't track them down to stop them? I don't believe they would give up that easy. They should make a new currency called Koonye

  • Anonymous

    i hope to god they're just fucking with him

  • Anonymous

    This nigga sues everyone, he's so gangsta

    • Anonymous

      so now we're not allowed to be influenced by someone or something?

    • Anonymous

      Dont be stupid. If there wasnt a kanye west, something like coinye wouldnt exist because there would be no appeal.. "His name isnt coinye" How fucking retarded can these kids get.

    • Anonymous

      his name isnt coinye and it was a currency based off a half-man-half-fish hybrid who is wearing sunglasses

    • glafflin

      Do you blame him for suing for this to stop it. Youd do the same thing if someone used your name to make money, if anyone wanted to use your name which they dont

  • Anonymous

    hahaha the picture at the end tho

  • Anonymous

    Why would they even name it that though, it makes no sense.

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