No. 29

Coinye West’ Currency

We’ve seen a few digital currencies launched in recent years but one your might not have expected to see is one named after the famous rapper, Kanye West.

In January 2014, ‘Coinye West’ was launched and it featured a cartoon representative of the rapper’s likeness. Some might have assumed he would have been pleased with this, as not everyone gets a currency shaped on their name and face, but Mr West launched a trade mark infringement lawsuit almost immediately.

Even after changing the currency’s name to simply ‘Coinye’ and adding a fishtail to the cartoon, Mr West was still not happy and ultimately went on to win the court case.

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