Will.i.am has filed suit against Pharrell over his i am OTHER brand. According to the Black Eyed Peas member and Black Jetsons lookalike, he owns the copyright to the phrase “I AM” and that Pharrell’s logo is “confusingly similar.”
You know, that sounds petty as hell so since that’s the theme of the matter let me just say I’m siding with Pharrell because his music is better, he’s more attractive, and he’s way less embarrassing on national television when in mixed company.
That said, feel free to formulate your own opinion based on more information of the suit (by way of Rolling Stone):
In his notice of opposition, Will.i.am argues that Pharrell would 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,” the document reads.
Lawyers for Pharrell and “i am OTHER” filed an answer to Will.i.am’s notice of opposition, denying all such claims.
“I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” Pharrell says in a statement to RS. “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.”
Actually, just agree with me. How dare anyone sadden Pharrell’s spirit? Will.i.am must pay!