Kanye West has launched a legal fight to stop his sex tape from seeing the light of day.
While the law firm searches for the person shopping the tape to the highest bidder, they are demanding that websites remove images taken from it.
“Be advised that the Screen Shot, as well as the Tape from which the Screen Shot was taken, were illegally obtained and believed to have been stolen from Mr. West’s computer,” Kanye’s lawyer Lisa M. Buckley of Pryor Cashman said in a legal document sent to AllHipHop.com.
“Your posting, advertising, marketing, displaying and otherwise disseminating the stolen Screen Shot and/or other materials on the Tape constitute actionable violations of Mr. West’s rights of privacy and publicity,” Buckley said.
“We hereby demand that you: (1) immediately cease and desist from posting, advertising, marketing, displaying and disseminating the illegally obtained Screen Shot of Mr. West,” the notice reads.
Radaronline was the first website to report that there was a sex tape of Kanye and a Kim Kardashian look-a-like being shopped around. They also posted a screen shot from it, but have since removed it.
As we previously reported, Sex.com has offered $1 million for the rights to the tape, but it could be worth much more than that.
“We’ve heard rumors for a couple of years about this tape being available," Steven Hirsch founder and co-CEO of Vivid Entertainment told The New York Daily News.
Vivid is the company that is responsible for distributing the celebrity sex tapes of Kardashian and Ray J, Montana Fishburne and former Playboy Playmate Karissa Shannon.
Hirsch says Vivid is willing to pay more than $2 million for Kanye's tape.
“We would have to see the tape and the quality,” he said. “If it was really good, we would do everything in our power to buy it," Hirsch said. “Celebrity women who are in sex tapes do better than men celebrities. But Kanye is different. He is a huge rock star. This is a guy that everyone in the world knows and I think people would be interested. I don’t think it’s a huge scandal, but I think it’s a huge seller.”
If Kanye and his lawyers are successful, Hirsch won't get the chance to distribute this tape.
Take a look at the takedown notice sent to AllHipHop.com below.