A few months back, super producer/artist Pharell began a legal battle with Black Eyed Pea’s Leader Will.I.Am. over who has rights to the “I Am” brand. You may have heard about Pharell’s YouTube Channel “I Am other”, which was the origin of this legal battle between the two.
Things are starting to heat up between the two, according to TMZ:
“The gloves are off in Pharrell WIlliams’ trademark war with Will.i.am — Pharrell now says Will.i.am is DREAMING if he thinks he’s up to the “Get Lucky” singer’s level … because he’s not even close. As we reported, Will.i.am filed a lawsuit against Pharrell over the trademark “I Am” … after Pharrell attempted to stake his claim on a YouTube channel called “I Am Other.” In his docs, Will.i.am suggested users might get confused over the “I Am” name because he and Pharrell have both “achieved great distinction” in the hip hop world, each releasing mega hits … and working with the industry’s top professionals.” (TMZ)
Pharell also went on to say Will.I.Am’s track record for this sort of thing is laughable:
“But Pharrell has fired back … saying that’s utter BS … Will.i.am hasn’t achieved the same distinction at all. As a result, Pharrell argues there would be zero confusion about who’s really behind the “I Am Other” channel. What’s more, Pharrell says Will.i.am’s track record for copyright infringement is embarrassing … saying Will.i.am’s been a defendant in nearly a dozen infringement lawsuits (including song stealing). For these reasons, Pharrell wants Will.i.am’s lawsuit thrown out of court … so he can use the phrase “I Am Other” with zero repercussions. He also wants Will.i.am to pay for his lawyers.” (TMZ)