Pharrell sues Will.i.am over use of trademarked term 'I Am'
Will.i.am has let Pharrell Williams know he doesn't like the singer calling his new YouTube channel i am OTHER, so Pharrell did what any self-respecting musical artist would: He sued the Black Eyed Peas member to let a judge decide who can use it.
Quoting Dr. Seuss' use of Sam I Am in Green Eggs and Ham, Pharrell said that despite Will.i.am claiming to have control over the term "I Am" (as in holding the trademark for it since 2001 and using it for his charity I AM ANGEL), he was using it in a completely different way, TMZ reports.
"In contrast, the i am OTHER mark means 'I am something else,' leaving what that 'else' is to the imagination of the consumer," Pharrell states in his court papers, filed Monday in Manhattan. "It certainly does not mean 'I am Will.'" Will.i.am's lawyers had no comment.
The New York Daily News says Will.i.am filed objections against Pharrell in March and May against the singer's i am OTHER, which began in 2010. It is home to the Awkward Black Girl web series, among other videos. Meanwhile, none of us will be able to properly introduce ourselves pending a court ruling.