Will.i.am Denies Suing Pharrell
After reports that Pharrell Williams had been served papers by fellow producer Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas front man claims it’s gibberish.
It seemed that Will had filed a lawsuit against Skateboard P because he owned the trademark to ‘I Am’ and that it was “confusingly similar” to Pharrell’s brand name “I Am Other.”
“I am not suing @Pharrell & I never was,” the beatsmith wrote on Twitter Wednesday (June 26), after Pharrell had publicly expressed disappointment in the “Scream & Shout” producer.
“I am disappointed that will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” he told Rolling Stone.”I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions.”
Will.i.am’s lawyer Ken Hertz then issued a statement to Newsbeat confirming that there were no hard feelings between the two musicians. “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,” it read, according to BBC.
While Pharrell continues to keep charts dancing with his contribution to the hit Robin Thicke record “Blurred Lines,” will’s rep is hopeful the two will come to amicable terms in the name game.
Hertz said, “We hope to work out a sensible compromise that will allow both parties to move forward without unnecessary acrimony.”
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