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NY judge: Kanye West likely to win Coinye lawsuit

The Associated Press, Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:31pm (PST)
  • NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York judge says Kanye West's lawyers can do the research necessary to learn the identities of the creators of digital currency called Coinye West.

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    U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres on Thursday granted the "Gold Digger" rapper's lawyers the legal authority to learn who will face a lawsuit saying the bitcoins were created to cash in on his fame.

    The lawsuit was filed this week in Manhattan federal court and seeks unspecified damages.

    The judge says there's a likelihood West will succeed with his claims. She says West's lawyers were told by Coinye West website operators they are anonymous and will keep it that way.

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    One of the websites targeted by the lawsuit put up a message after the lawsuit was filed saying: "COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye."

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