By Courtney E. Smith
Kanye West has been announced the victor in his lawsuit against the creators of the digital currency called Coinye.
On July 22, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York sided with West over several defendants, including 50 Jane and John Does, who created a Bitcoin parody with West’s unauthorized likeness and name attached.
It was no heated battle, however: the judgment was issued in default, as the defendants never responded to the filed complaints by West.
West quickly filed suit to shut Coinye down after it launched in January of 2014. After his initial filing against them, the name of the currency was changed from Coinye West to Coinye and the currency’s logo was switched from a profile view of West’s head to one depicting him as a cartoon fish.
West amended his claim in March to name the founders of the currency, including their email addresses.
“Defendants have cowardly sought to remain anonymous by using Registry privacy services and other means to shield their identities,” the amended lawsuit read. “The expedited discovery ordered by the Court, however, has allowed Plaintiffs to ascertain the identities of many of the previous Doe Defendants.”
Three defendants had previously settled with Mr. West, one of whom denied any hand in the creation of Coinye.