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Kim Kardashian-West sued for $423 million over iconic ‘Kimojis’

Written by Demi- Leigh Mason, a student at Southampton Solent University on 15 February 2019

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A lawsuit was filed in an Oklahoma federal court against Kim Kardashian-West and her company, known as Kimsaprincess Inc, regarding a series of images and emojis, known as ‘Kimojis’ by a social-media application developer.

The developer alleges that he and a small team collaborated with Kardashian-West to create some ‘Kimoji’ designs and merchandising. However, they are claiming that Kardashian-West did not share any of the profits from the trademarked creation.

The plaintiff, David Liebensohn, stated ‘we want to be compensated for what we would made with Kimoji’.

Liebensohn and two others; Narayan Shankar and Daniel Rice, founded the company, App Social, back in 2014, which created social media applications. One of the apps created, called CensorGram, assisting social media users to protect their accounts away from bullying, spammers and trolls. Users were given the ability to delete comments and users. The name of the app was later changed to CensorOut. Kardashian-West liked the concept of this app and reached out to the founders to discuss a potential investment. An idea was pitched, designing the ‘Kimoji’, the series of animated emojis and GIFs of the Kardashian family. The group agreed they would split the profits of ‘Kimoji’ with 60% going to Liebensohn and his colleagues, and 40% to Kardashian-West.

Liebensohn’s attorney stated that ‘the purpose of the lawsuit is to obtain Oklahoma’s justice as Liebensohn received zero money and Kardashian-West made a fortune’.

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