Back in June Will.i.am filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against “N.E.R.D” singer Pharrell Williams over the latter’s new creative brand, “I AM OTHER.”
Will claims he owns the copyright to the phrase “I AM” and that Williams’ logo is “confusingly similar,” according to the court documents filed in New York. [READ THE FULL DETAILS HERE]
Williams then counter-sued the producer and rapper while asking the court the New York federal court to give him a written permission to keep using the “I AM OTHER” trademark. Pharrell released the following statement saying:
“I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” said Pharrell in a statement after will.i.am’s notice last week. “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 merit-less and ridiculous as I do.”
Apparently, the fight is still on as Pharrell recently argued in court that Will.I.Am is not nearly as popular as he so there’s no danger of anyone confusing the two brands. Ouch!
Pharrell pointed out the long list of embarrassing copyright infringement lawsuits filed against Will.I.Am including some songs that he stole and has won awards for them.
Pharrell wants the case thrown out plus legal fees.
A ruling is still pending!