Kanye West Reveals Names of People Behind 'Coinye' BitCoins
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.11.2014
More details in the case...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West has named those responsible for the online currency "Coinye West", which he claims is a violation of his publicity rights and trademarks. This comes after news that Newsweek found the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto. West could originally only go after anonymous defendants and those who provided web-hosting like Amazon. He has added the names and email addresses of thsoe responsible, with defendants coming from the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and China.
The lawsuit states: "Defendants have cowardly sought to remain anonymous by using Registry privacy services and other means to shield their identities. The expedited discovery ordered by the Court, however, has allowed Plaintiffs to ascertain the identities of many of the previous Doe Defendants."
The lawsuit no longer targets Amazon. West claims that his reputation is damaged every day thanks to the bitcoin. It also reveals conversations between the people involved, such as Ian Craig (Jonny Bravo), who launched coinyecasino.com.
In a response to West's demand letter, Craig emailed the his attorneys that "no further actions will be taken until a personal video on behalf of Kanye West is published in which he kindly asks us to remove the roulette wheel based on his geopolitical, religious or any other possible insults, personality damages or any sort or inconveniences this roulette wheel has provided." He also offered the lawyers "some house credit for free roulette spins."
There has been some controversy over the matter due to issues of publicity and privacy. Some in the entertainment industry have supported digital currency and think it should be kept away from government regulation. Former Spice Girl Mel B. is currently accepting bitcoin for her new single, and Snoop Dogg tweeted he was his "next record available in bitcoin."