Kanye West has moved to halt the launch of spoof currency 'Coinye West'.
Launched in 2009, Bitcoin has moved beyond the realm of niche internet cult and into the mainstream. A peer-to-peer online currency, it has spawned numerous imitators - including a high profile rap parody.
Coinye West is a similar peer-to-peer currency, seemingly inspired by Kanye West. Given the rapper's litigious history, though, the team behind the launch were open about their belief that law suits were a-comin' their way.
Speaking to Noisey, the group argued that they were staying anonymous "in case kanye gets pissed off".
Well, it seems the rapper is a little peeved. Launching yesterday (January 7th), the URL for the currency shifted from from coinyewest.com to coinyeco.in. (via Pitchfork)
No sooner had the site gone live than Kanye West's lawyer slapped the Coinye West team with a cease and desist letter. Wall Street Journal obtained the hard facts, and you can check out the full letter HERE.
If you're in a hurry to check out this oddball piece of web history then find the Coinye West site HERE - oh, and that's their old logo up top...