Does Will.i.am Want To Sue Pharrell over 'I AM' Brand?
Will.i.am could be taking legal action over Pharrell's brand 'i am OTHER', claiming he has copyright of the use of 'i am.'
Wait, what? Really? So singer/producer/spinny-chair-guy on The Voice Will.i.am reckons he has copyright over all uses of the term 'i am' and feels justified taking legal action against anyone who dares use it.It's true apparently; Rolling Stone have got hold of some court documents that detail the former Black Eyed Pea's outrage. Pharrell Williams' brand 'i am OTHER' - described as a "YouTube channel and cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts" - will, according to Will.i.am's document be using his "i am OTHER" brand on clothing and other items in a manner similar to the goods that bear his own "I AM" logo. "The registration of the mark...is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark."
Did Will.i.am try to sue Pharrell?
However, 'Get Lucky' Pharrell wasn't backing down that easily; lawyers representing him and his brand filed tried to counter Will.i.am's claim of opposition by denying any copyright infringement. Speaking to Rolling Stone, 40 year-old Pharrell said: "I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me. I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. I am surprised in how this is being handled and I am confident that Will's trademark claims will ultimately be found to be as meritless and ridiculous as I do."
Pharrell Was Ready With His Lawyers To Defend 'i am OTHER' Brand.
More recently, however, it seems the pair may have reached an agreement or 38 year-old Will.i.am decided to back down, after Will.i.am today tweeted "i.am not suing @Pharrell and I never was... what i.am doing is #iamangel TRANS4Ming inner cities with #STEAM tools," promoting his charitable foundation that gives underprivileged young people "education, inspiration and opportunity."
It Seems Will.i.am May Have Backed Down.
Just be careful next time you introduce yourself to a stranger, Will.i.am may be lurking. He may not end up suing Pharrell but we suggest using "my name is." from now on - just to be safe!