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    Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:58:24

    It's will.i.am vs. Pharrell - Will is suing over copyrights

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    It's mano y mano time between two pop music heavyweights, as will.i.am is suing producer and fellow artist Pharrell Williams over a copyright issue. Will says he owns the copyright to the phrase "I AM" and he thinks that Williams' new creative brand "i am OTHER" is too "confusingly similar" to his own.

    That means Will thinks people will confuse his brand with Pharrell's.

    In his suit, the Black Eyed Pea states: "The registration of the mark...is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark." Again, it's too similar and can cause consumer confusion.

    Williams filed a response, and is quite baffled that things went this route, saying, "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."

    Update: Wednesday afternoon, will.i.am took to twitter with a series of tweets basically denying he was suing:



    Will writes: "i.am not suing @Pharrell and I never was... what i.am doing is #iamangel TRANS4Ming inner cities with #STEAM tools... http://www.iamangelfoundation.org"

    Complicated, yes? Team will or Team Pharrell?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.27.13



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