(AllHipHop News) Will.i.am has filed a lawsuit against Pharrell Williams over the N.E.R.D. singer’s creative brand “i am OTHER” citing copyright infringement.
According to court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, the Black Eyed Peas frontman claims he owns the the “I AM” phrase and Pharrell’s logo is “confusingly similar.”
But in actuality the main gripe over Pharrell’s i am OTHER is that Will.i.am thinks another company bearing the “i am” will take business away from his numerous businesses which bear his Will.i.am name. Especially if that business, such as Pharrell’s will be in direct competition with his in certain areas such as clothing,
“The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark.”
Pharrell issued a statement in response which, more or less , is him saying “n*gga please” in his most politically correct manner:
“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.”
Check below for a picture of clothing from Pharrell’s i am OTHER. Think Will.i.am has merit to what he’s claiming?