Pharrell Williams Says Will.i.am "I Am" Lawsuit Is Baseless
(AllHipHop News) The ongoing legal battle between music producers Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am over the rights to the phrase "I am" continues. According to TMZ, Pharrell is now requesting that Will's copyright infringement case be thrown out.
Will.i.am sent a cease and desist letter to Pharrell earlier this year stating that P's "I am OTHER" brand was too closely related to his own trademarked "I AM". In response, Pharrell filed legal papers asking a judge to allow him to continue using "I am OTHER." Will then counter-sued saying the musicians' similar styles and their mutual level of success in the entertainment business could confuse consumers.
The latest move in the back-and-forth is Pharrell seeking Will's case to be thrown out. Pharrell believes Will's claim that the two have both "achieved great distinction" is inaccurate, and therefore would not cause any confusion between "I AM" and "I am OTHER."
Apparently, Pharrell also alleges that Will.i.am has a history of infringing on other people's copyrights and has been sued in several infringement cases in the past. Pharrell wants the right to use "I am OTHER" without any legal consequences, and he wants Will.i.am to cover his lawyer fees.