Kanye West Versus Taylor Swift — The Saga Continues

The newest chapter in the Taylor Swift and Kanye West feud stems from the release of video footage on Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat account. In Kanye’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, he released a song titled “Famous,” which made a reference to Swift. Upon release, Swift was publicly outraged at the song’s content and denied giving Kanye permission to use the specific lyrics West used in the song. This disagreement prompted Kim Kardashian to defend West by posting recorded videos on her Snapchat between…
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Declaratory Judgment Entered for Kanye Over Coinye

Kanye West has successfully defended his image, likeness, and brand by obtaining declaratory judgment over alleged copyright infringers. In January, Kanye West filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the founders of a new cryptocurrency, Coinye West, had “usurped [his] name and likeness for the sole purpose of propping up the perceived ‘value’ of the defendants’ ‘digital coin mine’ and its ‘crypto currency.’”  The designers initially attempted to evade the suit by dropping West’s the last name from the currency…
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Court Says Kanye West Didn’t Steal Pryor’s “get down”

A California federal court dismissed most of the claims in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Kanye West.  The court reasoned that an average listener would not recognize the saying “get down” because of the short length of the samples. While it is well known that West’s big hit “Gold Digger” is buildt around “I Got a Woman”  by Ray Charles, the lawsuit claimed it also contains samples of another song written by David Pryor and Thunder & Lightening.  Last year two children of Pryor…
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Coinye Shutting Off “All of the Lights”

“Coinye West” is closing up shop because Kanye West isn’t happy.  On January 14, 2014, Kanye West filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the virtual currency now known as Coinye.  The currency, which started as a joke, announced through its website, “Coinye is dead. You win, Kanye.” Earlier this month, the currency’s founders discussed Coinye West in an interview with Vibe. They talked about the soon to be launched currency.  Referring to Kanye, they said “I think he’s gonna love that there’s a…
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