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Kanye West Sues

STOP USING MY FACE

On Virtual Currency

1/14/2014 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kanye West has declared legal war on the people who released a virtual currency (like a bitcoin) called Coinye West ... only problem is, he doesn't really know who to sue.

West filed legal docs in NY trying to get a judge to force the people behind Coinye to immediately SHUT DOWN the marketing and sale of the virtual currency, which can be used to buy goods and services through various online merchants.

The "coins" -- which feature a South Park-esque depiction of Kanye sportin' stunner shades -- were first offered to the public for sale on January 7 and Kanye says, "With each day that passes, [my] reputation is irreparably harmed by the continued use of the Coinye West marks."

So, in an effort to shut down the rise of the Coinye currency, Kanye has requested an injunction against several companies he believes are responsible for its release.

But Kanye's facing a huge problem -- 'cause with one exception, the people behind the companies are hiding their identities through various online privacy services ... and Kanye can't crack 'em.

However, Kanye has added Amazon.com to the list of defendants because he believes Amazon  provides web hosting services to the websites behind Coinye, and Amazon has failed to pull the plug on those sites.

Besides the injunction, Kanye is suing for a piece of the Coinye profits.

No word if he wants a paper check ... or if he'll settle for some Coinye.

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110 COMMENTS

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61.

notalawyer    

He is not SMART enough to solve this...
Should have finished high school.

227 days ago
62.

coinyevictim    

The guys who built the canyecoin got got in pre-ming scam today

227 days ago
63.

coinyevictim    

coinye i meant. didn't want to get sued for using the name =)

227 days ago
64.

coinyevictim    

I bought coinye on ebay too bad! =( they show the scam @coyotewallst

227 days ago
65.

TempeLinda    

the coins ruin his reputation??baHAHAHAH

227 days ago
66.

sandra    

His reputation is being harmed by this? Are you joking, he has ruined his rep himself for being a total jerk

227 days ago
67.

arale norimaki    

GAYFISH

227 days ago
68.

Bagheera    

Wouldn't this actually help his reputation instead of looking like only a loose cannon?

227 days ago
69.

Sheryl    

I can't believe I have to defend this D bag, but he has a valid beef if this story is true. Clearly this company is making money off the image and similarity to Kanye's name (Coinye), and his claim to "fame".
I just threw up in my mouth a little.....still can't believe I am defending him

227 days ago
70.

en Todo Momento!!    

xD xD too bad ya'll black people don't have them badass tech skills the way nerd boys do. get yourself some nerdy white or asian friends. then i am sure they'd track these fools down. or learn how to hack. xD but i don't think you have a reason to hack.

227 days ago
71.

TMS    

If his reputation has been "irreparably harmed" then he's got no one but himself (ginormeous ego and fame-whore girlfriend included) to blame.

227 days ago
72.

VoiceOfReason    

Hilarious! Gold diggers! Wooot a gold digger and a gold n----er equal the laughingstock of the world with coinye west currency! Lmao! Go team coinye! Stick it to em!!!!

227 days ago
73.

netstarman    

Now now lets just send him a box of fish sticks and he'll calm down, he just needs to stop being whiney fish about it.

227 days ago
74.

Quiet    

I bet KIM is pissed that justin biebers cops episode has over shadowed her PR stunt at the chiropractors.

227 days ago
75.

theliza83     

Each day Kanye breathes his reputation is irreparably damaged. He does more harm to his own image than anyone could dream to.

227 days ago
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