Updated: January 16, 2014 4:20PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says Kanye West’s lawyers can do the research necessary to learn the identities of the creators of “Coinye West” bitcoins.
U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres on Thursday granted lawyers for the rapper the legal authority to learn who will face a lawsuit saying bitcoins were created to cash in on his fame.
The lawsuit filed earlier this week in Manhattan federal court seeks unspecified damages.
Torres said there was a likelihood West will succeed with his claims. Torres said at a hearing Thursday that West’s lawyers were told by “Coinye West” website operators that they’re anonymous and will keep it that way.
One of the websites targeted by the lawsuit put up a message after the lawsuit was filed saying: “COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye.”