Music producers will.i.am and Pharrell are reportedly beefing over the use of the phrase, “I AM.” Will claims he owns the copyright for the phrase, and believes Pharrell’s new “i am OTHER” brand infringes on that copyright, so he’s taking legal action.
According to Rolling Stone, Will.i.am believes that Pharrell would be using his “i am OTHER” brand on clothing and other items in a manner similar to the goods that bear will’s own “I AM” logo. “The registration of the mark … is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark,” court documents read.
Pharrell fired back at the Black Eyed Peas member, issuing this statement to HipHollywood:
“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.”
Speaking of swagger-jacking, will recently admitted to stealing another producer’s beat and using it without getting it cleared through the proper channels. Maybe he’s just bitter and taking it out on Pharrell.