Will.i.am Denies Lawsuit Against Pharrell Williams
Rapper-producer Will.i.am has denied reports that he is suing Pharrell Williams over the I AM moniker. The Black Eyed Peas frontman went on Twitter Wednesday (June 26) to clarify that he’s not in litigation with Skateboard P.
“i.am not suing @Pharrell & I NEVER WAS.. What i.am doing is… #iamSCHOLARSHIP sending kids to school debt free. go2 http://www.iamANGELfoundation.org,” he wrote.
He then tweeted this: “i.am not suing @Pharrell & i never was. what i.am doing is #iamHOME helping families keep their homes… see http://www.iamangelfoundation.org.”
As we previously reported, Will filed a copyright infringement claim that Pharrell’s I am OTHER logo is strikingly similar to his I AM images.
The ‘Get Lucky’ crooner is disappointed that Will would sue him and believes that his lawsuit is without merit.
“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,” said P.
However, Will.i.am’s attorney, Ken Hertz, issued a statement (via BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat), which, in part, reads:
will.i.am is not suing Pharrell Williams. What will.i.am has done is what any trademark owner must do to protect and maintain a trademark. This is a run-of-the-mill trademark dispute that has been going on since late last year.
In order to avoid weakening or losing his trademark, will.i.am has an obligation under trademark law to monitor and defend his trademarks against confusingly similar marks. will.i.am has registered several trademarks, including ‘I AM’, which is also emphasized in, and a significant element of, his professional name.
We think their proposed trademark is too close to our registered and common law trademarks. They disagree.
We hope to work out a sensible compromise that will allow both parties to move forward without unnecessary acrimony.”
We hope that Will and Pharrell can come to an amicable solution to this matter as well.