Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Will.i.Am is Suing Pharrell Williams


Will.i.am is suing fellow hip hop artist Pharrell Williams in a nasty copyright dispute...

According to reports Will.i.am is laying claim to the phrase "I Am" and is suing Pharrell because his new brand "I Am Other' is too "confusingly similar".

In his lawsuit Will.i.am asserts, "The registration of the mark... is likely to dilute the I Am mark and the Will.I.Am mark."

Pharrell tells Rolling Stone,
"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 (sic)."

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will is being a messy queen.

Anonymous said...

Oh stop it, Queens!

Shell said...

William needs to sit his gay butt down somewhere

Anonymous said...

Chile.,,these 2 Queens right here are bickering about some bull shit. #catfight
I with skateboard P on this one. "merit less & ridiculous". LOL

Anonymous said...

They should vogue battle over this.

Anonymous said...

Settle down girls you might break a nail.

Anonymous said...

yes, they are similar. if someone launched brands named "gucci other" or "playstation other," i'm sure gucci and sony would take action.

Jackie Rayne said...

Well who wears the pants in this "relationship"?

Anonymous said...

That picture isn't doing Will.i.am any justice . He looks like someone bit into his head.

Anonymous said...

Leave Pharell alone, dammit.

Anonymous said...

Why are y'all insinuating that Pharrell is gay? I've never heard any rumors or gossip to that effect. I've never heard anything about Will.I.AM, either. Someone explain.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, someone has to win this lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

Will I am has a lot of nerve. Him and his band has yet to write a hit song themselves. They are always stealing other obscure artists music.

Anonymous said...

Will I Am so tired of your I am Queen bullshit. I Am don't belong to you. You've stole so much material from others and now trying to sue for I am? Bitch please.

CLo said...

@12:56...

Not necessarily true. Will.i.am may have some legal basis for the suit not be thrown out on face value but he is going to have a hard time proving that his intellectual property rights are being infringed solely on the use of the term I.Am. For one, the term "I am" is not necessarily synonymous with Will in the public's eye. Unless its stylized as I.Am (with the period) most people probably wouldn't even make the connection. So the argument that any other trademark using the term would be confusingly similar to his is stretching it at best. Second, he would have to prove that Pharell's intent-to-use application is for the purposes of marketing goods or services in the same class as his trademark, as per the Patent and Trademark Office categories. Example, if Will's trademark is for the purposes of marketing entertainment products including music and merchandising derivatives of his music, in theory anyone could trademark the term Will.i.am for the purposes of marketing distinct and separate goods and services not having anything to do with entertainment or music (e.g. a Will.I.am brand of procelain toilets, for argument sake). The only caveat to that is that so-called "famous trademarks" or to a lesser extent "well-known trademarks" are afforded some additional level of protection whether or not the good/services is in the same class/category. Whether Will's claim to I.am is considered a famous enough mark to be given such protection remains to be seen.

So this will be a lesson in legal wrangling and I am almost certain both sets of lawyers will encourage them to do some sort of arbitration and settle before anyone sees a day in court. I predict the biggest thing they will need to work out is the wording of the settlement announcement so that both artists can save face.

Dirtydianna said...

@12:50 lmao now that would be a sight to see!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Pharrell on this one. Will doesn't own the term "I am". He needs to sit down somewhere, with his deluded ass.

Anonymous said...

so every time I text " I am " I have to pay Willaim. . . get out of here!

Anonymous said...

"I am" is too broad of a term to be copy righted unless as, CLo pointed, it was used as I.am. Even if his legal team were to suggest that the term is too similar considering the context (both applied musically) the first example that would have it thrown out is Beyonce's use of I Am both in an album & the name of a tour. Will.I.am is really tarnishing his own reputation by doing this!

Bee Gee said...

Fuck Will.I.am

He's one of the biggest sellouts hip-hop ever knew with his garbage unoriginal ass..

Anonymous said...

Get the fuck out of here! Will.U.Ain't shit aint got no fucking trademark on the phrase "I Am" It's not possible. It's way too common. And why didn't this motherfucker sue Beyonce for naming her album I Am... Sasha Fierce? Um.. yea exactly. Arnold Drummond should sue his ass for stealing his parted fro. Sit the fuck down, lady!

Anonymous said...

@12:50

LOLLLLLLLLLL!!!! I just visioned it!!!! LOL! Pharrell got the skinny gay boy Vogueing look right down pack!

And why does it look like the side of Will.i.Ain't head is bitten off? That is a wack, corny ass minstrel coon! I can't stand to even look at Will.i.am.gay let alone listen to his wack music.

Anonymous said...

Pharell should know better than to expect a simple conversation to smooth things over when it comes to money. People these days look for anything to sue someone for, especially if the person they are suing has a lot of money.

Anonymous said...

@2:02 good points

Anonymous said...

lol, pharrell used "i am" four times in his response.

Anonymous said...


God said to Moses 'I AM WHO I AM'. This is what you are to say to the israelites 'I AM has sent me to you' - Exodus 3.14

Anonymous said...

@3:51 LOL! I did'nt notice that until reading it again! Is my boy Pharrell being a smart ass? LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Will has some nerve suing Pharrell when that mafugga constantly steals shit from other artists all the damn time.

Delited said...

That haircut needs to be the main topic......I wonder if they were sleeping together.

EFF will.i.am.a.moneygrabbing.wackassproducer. said...

@1:03 looks like someone took a bite out of Will's head hahaha WORD. Will.I.am is hella lame. Pharrell is dope! STARTREK 4 life, I love what he's doing with his I AM OTHER campaign. Pharrell actually promotes creativity and individuality wtf does Will do...? Anyone can rephrase Daft Punk songs with pop stars repeating the same BS lyrics...bigger, stronger, better Justin Bieber song = WACK cheesey wanna be euro trash mess. Will needs to go back to his joints and jams days and then I'll have some respect for him. Pharrell spanked will.i.is.a.bitch with his clever "I am" response. lol

Anonymous said...

I am Sasha Fierce, Allen I verson I am commercial. Countless other artist use this phrase. Bye Queen!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@12:50pm I second that!

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