Kanye West’s lawyer orders “Coinye” to cease-and-desist just before launch

On Tuesday evening (January 7) at 7:00pm Pacific Time, the latest “altcoin,” Coinye, is set to hit the Internet. But unlike its predecessor Bitcoin alternatives, this one comes with the cachet of being associated—rightly or wrongly—with Kanye West. That, in turn, has gotten a lot of attention. And West’s lawyer is not very happy about it.

“We are in the process of preserving and protecting Mr. West’s valuable publicity and trademark rights from willful and brazen infringements,” Brad Rose told Ars by e-mail on Tuesday morning.

Rose, an attorney at Pryor Cashman, represents the venerable rapper. On Monday, he sent a three-page cease-and-desist letter (PDF) by e-mail to the creator or creators of Coinye—serving it simply to “coinyewest@gmail.com.”

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via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/5-El56iqsiA/

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