Alibaba Sues Crypto Coin Over Trademark Infringement

Alibaba Group stated that it is not related to Alibabacoin currency and does not want to be associated with it
03 April 2018   348

Alibaba Group is a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet, AI and technology conglomerate that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals, as well as electronic payment services, shopping search engines and cloud computing services. 

Judging by the documents recently filed to the US District Court in Manhattan, New York, Alibaba charged the developers of the Alibabacoin over the “prominent, repeated, and intentionally misleading” use of its trademark. Alibaba Group stated that it is not in any way related to Alibabacoin currency and does not want to be associated with it, or have its customers misled.

The Initial Coin Offering of Alibabacoin has started on April 16, and has already managed to raise $3.5 million. Nevertheless, although Alibabacoin and Alibaba Group are not related, previously Chinese giant of Internet commerce Alibaba Group was expressing concerns about the launch of a platform for the mining of cryptocurrency, which was reported by CCN with reference to unconfirmed information from local media. We believe that only time will show if Alibaba company finds its way in a crypto-related industry or not.

'Kodak Miner' Turned Out to be a Scam

KashMiner by Spotlite USA was promoted as Kodak branded bitcoin miner 
17 July 2018   137

The KashMiner bitcoin miner, exhibited at the Kodak stand during the CES technology show in Las Vegas, was in fact a product designed to mislead potential consumers and with a potentially unattainable potential return. This is reported by BBC.

Spotlite USA is licensed by Kodak's lighting division, which allows it to use the famous brand in its products. In January 2018 the company introduced its miner and announced that it intends to lease it. According to its business plan, potential users had to pay a commission before getting the device. It was expected that after depositing $ 3,400, the customer will receive a device that will allow him to easily cover expenses and receive revenue from bitcoin mining.

However the company did not have an official Kodak license to use the brand in the production of mining equipment and initially overstated the indicators of the potential profit of its device, refusing to take into account the growing complexity and costs of bitcoin mining. The advertising materials reported that KashMiner brings $ 375 a month, which, subject to a 2-year contract, would allow the client to receive $ 5,600 of profit after paying a commission. Experts from the industry of cryptocurrency call this offer a scam.

There is no way your magical Kodak miner will make the same $375 every month.
 

Saifedean Ammous

Economist

CEO Spotlite USA Halston Mikail previously reported that he plans to install hundreds of miners at the headquarters of Kodak. According to him, he already managed to place 80 miners there, but the Kodak spokesman denied this information.

While you saw units at CES from our licensee Spotlite, the KashMiner is not a Kodak brand licensed product. Units were not installed at our headquarters.
 

Kodak Spokesman

In a phone call with the BBC, Spotlite's Halston Mikail said the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had prevented the scheme from going ahead.