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Rapper Kanye West Sues Over “Coinye” Bitcoins

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Kanye West (13th Witness/Getty Images for Samsung)

Kanye West (13th Witness/Getty Images for Samsung)

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rapper Kanye West has filed a New York lawsuit to stop production of “Coinye West” bitcoins that he says unjustly cash in on his fame.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks to stop companies and individuals that have not yet fully been identified from exchanging the digital currency. It also seeks unspecified damages for hurting West’s reputation.

The lawsuit says the creators of the digital coins “brazenly admit” that they used West’s name and likeness to associate their new currency with West because he is a trendsetter.

The lawsuit says entrepreneurs boasted that the currency can’t be stopped whether it “looks like a dollar, a dog, or a cartoon picture of a rapper.” The coins show the rapper in a cartoonish manner with large sunglasses.

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