Could I Borrow 5 Coinye Dollars?


What is crypto currency? Basically it is currency used in the digital world. An example of a crypto currency is Bitcoin (Investopedia, 2013). In January 2013 a new Cryptocoin player was coming into the game and it was called Coinye (Inspired from Kanye West name). However the celebrity himself was not too happy with this. Soon after the company was being sued for copyright infringement (Chen, C. 2014). On July 22 of 2014 Kanye had won the case and Coinye was shut down. The last post on the company’s website was “COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye.”(Calder, R. 2014)

Copyright laws has changed drastically till our current moment in time. At the very beginning there were no laws to govern copyright. Now whatever you do online may actually be breaking a few of copyright laws. When something goes famous everyone wants to be the one to claim it as their own creation.

Another case is Lady Gagas meat dress. Many people saw this as such a weird dress but with Lady Gaga what’s not weird. Linder Sterling a visual artist had claimed that Lady Gaga had not given her credit as she was the one who wore the meat dress first (O’Hagan, S. 2014).


Who wore it better?

However people comment about her allegations and some even state that they were the first one to actually start wearing meat as a fashion (O’Hagan, S. 2014).

We all strive for originality. We all want to be remembered in this world but then comes down to this question. Are we actually original? We are constantly being drowned by advertisements and society on what is cool and what is not. These are the things that actually influence us on our creativity. We may think that our work is original but I am sure someone somewhere has done something which is closely similar to your very own work. Even this post I am making may even be alike with another person’s post.

Copyright law is already restricting people’s movement. Imagine in another 10 years or so it becomes even more restricted and the people losses its freedom to be creative. Copyright law can be there to help protect artistes but it should not limit the creation of other artist to express themselves with the help of their inspired role models work.

Things You Should Know #TYSK


Calder, R. (2014). Kanye West claims victory over ‘Coinye’. [online] New York Post. Available at: [Accessed 22 Mar. 2015].

Chen, C. (2014). Coinye -I’m sorry- Kanye West Is Suing Dogecoin (The Person), Amazon, And Coinye Exchanges And Developers – CryptoCoinsNews. [online] CryptoCoinsNews. Available at: [Accessed 22 Mar. 2015].

Investopedia, (2013). Cryptocurrency Definition | Investopedia. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Mar. 2015].

O’Hagan, S. (2014). Linder Sterling: ‘Lady Gaga didn’t acknowledge I wore a meat dress first’. [online] the Guardian. Available at: [Accessed 22 Mar. 2015].


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