Kanye West Gets Counter Cease-and-Desist from Coinye Creators

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Kanye West Gets Counter Cease-and-Desist from Coinye Creators

Coinye

The creators of the Bitcoin-style currency say their company name refers not to the rapper but "to a half-man, half-fish hybrid."

The story of cryptocurrency company Coinye is becoming increasingly bizarre with each passing day. Launching on Dec. 7, the company originally called itself Coinye West and used a coin with the image of a Kanye West lookalike as its logo. To nobody's surprise, the company quickly found itself the target of a cease-and-desist letter from the rapper. The company's response? Fire off a cease-and-desist of their own.

According to Coinye, West and his lawyers have been engaging in scare tactics among the Coinye community, which they say is not infringing on the musician's image with its new logo, the man-fish monster shown at right. In a letter sent to West's attorney, Coinye states that "we make no visual or verbal reference to Kanye West but to a half-man-half-fish hybrid who is wearing sunglasses, again, totally separate from any resemblance to your client." Further, the company has "removed any and all references to your client which we feel could mislead someone in to believing that there is in any way a link between the two," Coinye stated.

Coinye's claims are pretty tough to swallow, and it's hard to feel that they're not just taking some extra shots at West. He and his lawyers definitely aren't joking, though, as they've already warned that they could pursue legal action against anyone who uses the currency. We've sent an email to West's lawyer, Brad Rose, for additional comment.

Source: Ars Technica

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OK, seriously, I don't care what anyone thinks about Kanye West. After this, how can anybody be on the side of Coinye? There's a solid defense, and then there is total bullshit. Saying that the likeness on the coin doesn't have any resemblance to Kanye is fucking bullshit.

Sorry about the swearing. I just hate it when companies try to defend themselves with means flimsier than wet paper towels (and not the Bounty kind), and expect the average person, much less lawyers well-versed in copyright infringement, to buy it.

This is hilarious!

I really hope Kanye's lawyers try to prove how it does resemble their client, I'd love to see some 'Gay Fish' comments in an official cease and dismiss document.

OK I'm done I'm just done can we just wipe all the dumb crypto currencies out or something this is beyond stupid and childish.

All of the escapist should face palm at once for this perhaps the combined power will destroy this stupid shit.

The next story is going to be South Park issuing a cease and desist isn't it?

"Your Honour if you look closely at this handsome fish on the coin and then back at me, that is the genius lyricist, you can clearly see the resemblance between me, the voice of a generation, and this gay fish."

All publicity is good publicity. Even if it's completely ridiculous.

I've got this entirely original idea for something. I think I'm gonnna call it Stoin Wars. The Joindi's fight against the evil Soith in the heart of Coruscoint.

thebobmaster:
OK, seriously, I don't care what anyone thinks about Kanye West. After this, how can anybody be on the side of Coinye? There's a solid defense, and then there is total bullshit. Saying that the likeness on the coin doesn't have any resemblance to Kanye is fucking bullshit.

Sorry about the swearing. I just hate it when companies try to defend themselves with means flimsier than wet paper towels (and not the Bounty kind), and expect the average person, much less lawyers well-versed in copyright infringement, to buy it.

I'm almost positive they are just trolling at this point, the wording in the letter itself seems like a parody of a Cease and Desist.

Well, this seems to be going swimmingly...

Someone really needs to take this loser down a peg. I'm really hoping people buy this coinye just to piss him off.

Alpha Maeko:
I've got this entirely original idea for something. I think I'm gonnna call it Stoin Wars. The Joindi's fight against the evil Soith in the heart of Coruscoint.

WTT: 25000 Coindoleezas* for 7500 Coruscoins. All legit.

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*Officially White House approved. In my own mind.

I really don't care who wins this. It's just fun to watch.

"Half-man, half-fish hybrid"

They need to stick that right on the opposite end of the coin.

TiberiusEsuriens:
Well, this seems to be going swimmingly...

Boo! Get off the stage! :-)

This is like smacking beehive with a stick, then getting mad at the bees when they come after you. This is getting so insane that I almost wonder if the guys behind this were ever serious in the first place, or just wanted to be trolls from the get-go.

At this point, Coinye seems to be engaging less in digital currency business and more in high-gauge trolling. With absolutely no stake in this, I think I'm just going to sit back, make some popcorn, and have a good laugh.

While I know exactly how this will end up (probably), I'm going to watch the show. It may get more bizarre and thus amuse me.

I was explained what this "bitcoin" thing was, thought it was really unnecesary and somehow completely forgot what they were, again. So the lack of interest for this news other than for some laughs is HUGE.

thebobmaster:
OK, seriously, I don't care what anyone thinks about Kanye West. After this, how can anybody be on the side of Coinye? There's a solid defense, and then there is total bullshit. Saying that the likeness on the coin doesn't have any resemblance to Kanye is fucking bullshit.

Sorry about the swearing. I just hate it when companies try to defend themselves with means flimsier than wet paper towels (and not the Bounty kind), and expect the average person, much less lawyers well-versed in copyright infringement, to buy it.

I like this defense because the're pretty much forcing the lawyers into saying that Kanye does look like the fish drawing, which imo is really funny.

Okay, this is hilarious. Next week Kayne's lawyers will respond with "Nuh-uh" and that will be followed by Coinye retorting with "Uh-huh". Honestly, that's half what I would expect from a case of jackasses arguing amongst each other, which this seems to be.

In all seriousness, I would think that Matt and Trey Parker could sue this company. It is a very obvious and blatant reference to a South Park episode. It takes no effort to see the reference they are making. I could see them suing in conjunction with Kayne. And that would be surreal, considering just how much South Park has mocked Kayne.

Cool. It's like tennis, except with rappers.

And fish.

And money.
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Okay; so it's nothing like tennis.

Shut up.

please i am so poor.
can someone send me some dogecoin pleez

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i need much currency

Oh man, I can't WAIT for the song and video that is going to come out of THIS. :D

btw, +1 for West. Coinye are being twats.

IndieForever:
WTT: 25000 Coindoleezas* for 7500 Coruscoins. All legit.

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Best damn thing I've seen all night.

FalloutJack:
So...a worthless internet money thing is being trounced by an equally-worthless rapper. Hilarious!

And now, a worthless rapper is getting counter-trounced by an equally-worthless internet money thing! Double hilarious!

Where's the goddamn popcorn?

That counter cease and desist does not sound rock solid. They must trolling Kanye West, stupid or both. Trolling in real life is not usually best plan if can result in a loss of money.
While the "currency" coinye is worthless at least caused something mildly amusing and this response is will only result in something more amusing.
in related news to this "half-man-half-fish hybrid" here is a song from south park

thebobmaster:
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I highly doubt this "currency" is trying to be serious. It just looks like an attempt mess with Kanye West. No logical company would respond the way they did if they were a serious.

FalloutJack:

FalloutJack:
So...a worthless internet money thing is being trounced by an equally-worthless rapper. Hilarious!

And now, a worthless rapper is getting counter-trounced by an equally-worthless internet money thing! Double hilarious!

Where's the goddamn popcorn?

*hands bag of popcorn*
So how long until Kanye goes on TV or something and starts throwing a hissy fit. In all reality this just makes me laugh so much because of how I can see this going back and forth like a elementary school fight for a while. :D
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Trolling Kanye West is just too much fun.

Neronium:

FalloutJack:

FalloutJack:
So...a worthless internet money thing is being trounced by an equally-worthless rapper. Hilarious!

And now, a worthless rapper is getting counter-trounced by an equally-worthless internet money thing! Double hilarious!

Where's the goddamn popcorn?

*hands bag of popcorn*
So how long until Kanye goes on TV or something and starts throwing a hissy fit. In all reality this just makes me laugh so much because of how I can see this going back and forth like a elementary school fight for a while. :D
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I give it 'till Wednesday.

SnakeoilSage:
George Bush doesn't like Black Lagoon people.

And that just invoked an image of him being hunted by a group of anime characters. Life is strange!

thebobmaster:
OK, seriously, I don't care what anyone thinks about Kanye West. After this, how can anybody be on the side of Coinye? There's a solid defense, and then there is total bullshit. Saying that the likeness on the coin doesn't have any resemblance to Kanye is fucking bullshit.

Sorry about the swearing. I just hate it when companies try to defend themselves with means flimsier than wet paper towels (and not the Bounty kind), and expect the average person, much less lawyers well-versed in copyright infringement, to buy it.

What company? There is no company here, just a kid with a crypto-currency and an anonymous email address.

thebobmaster:
OK, seriously, I don't care what anyone thinks about Kanye West. After this, how can anybody be on the side of Coinye?

Well, there's this: "[Kanye West] and his lawyers definitely aren't joking, though, as they've already warned that they could pursue legal action against anyone who uses the currency."

Coinye is pretty much writing a written request to be sued, but threatening to sue anyone who uses the currency strikes me as bullying. It would be like Apple trying to sue people for using Samsung smartphones; or Samsung suing users of iPhones, if you'd prefer.

This is hilarious! I hope they keep it up, and don't get sued to hell and shut down too quickly. And I think South Park is definitely going to do an episode on this topic soon. Between Bitcoins, Doge Coins, and now this, there are ample opportunities for comedy.

Such thread. So hate. Wow.

I cannot understand how (half of these) people are so annoyed about this. Kanye West, whose music I like but who is somewhat of a prick at other times, and who is rich and successful as fuck, is issuing a cease and desist against a joke cryptocurrency that could just as easily have made any other pun and which does not detract from his image in the slightest, and they are trolling the fuck out of his lawyers.

What about that inspires rage and is in any way not HILARIOUS?

This is awesome. It's like watching a truck about to hit the side of a moving train.

Can anyone explain to me any practical reason for Kaahnyeh to order a cease and desist?

Oh man that is like that South Park episode, only in real.
The Comedian was right, the world has become it's own parody.

Someone should teach Kanye West what an joke is.

Saltyk:
Okay, this is hilarious. Next week Kayne's lawyers will respond with "Nuh-uh" and that will be followed by Coinye retorting with "Uh-huh". Honestly, that's half what I would expect from a case of jackasses arguing amongst each other, which this seems to be.

In all seriousness, I would think that Matt and Trey Parker could sue this company. It is a very obvious and blatant reference to a South Park episode. It takes no effort to see the reference they are making. I could see them suing in conjunction with Kayne. And that would be surreal, considering just how much South Park has mocked Kayne.

They probably could, but I doubt that they would. This seems like the kind of thing that Trey Parker and Matt Stone would appreciate, especially if West's lawyers do end up admitting that yeah, he does look kind of like a gay fish.

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