This time, Pharrell's up all night to get unlucky: The man of the summer is being sued by Will.i.am over the use of the common phrase "I Am."
OK, so things aren't quite that simple. Will is really alleging that Pharrell's use of the phrase "I Am Other" for his new clothing brand damages the trademark for his own "I Am" brand, court documents found by Rolling Stone report.
The two logos are "disturbingly similar," says the former Black Eyed Pea, which is “likely to dilute the I AM mark and the will.i.am mark.”
Let's check it out for ourselves! Here's the will.i.am mark:
And here is Pharrell's:
We're .... not quite seeing the similarity there, Will.
Pharrell agreed, in a statement to Rolling Stone:
“I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” Pharrell says in a statement to RS. “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.”
We hate these blurred (copyright) lines.
UPDATE: Will took to Twitter to deny that he was suing Pharrell, though he did not address the source of the documents obtained by Rolling Stone.
i.am not suing @Pharrell & I NEVER WAS.. What i.am doing is... #iamSCHOLARSHIP sending kids to school debt free. go2 http://t.co/yAye0SpV9h
— will.i.am (@iamwill) June 26, 2013