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Will.i.am claims he's not suing Pharrell, court documents say otherwise

The Black Eyed Peas producer took to Twitter yesterday evening to tell everyone that he is not suing Pharrell.

Will.i.am claims he’s not suing Pharrell, court documents say otherwise

Will.i.am. is accusing Pharrell of using his copy-written name.
Will.i.am. is accusing Pharrell of using his copy-written name.

The Black Eyed Peas producer took to Twitter yesterday evening to tell everyone that he is not suing Pharrell for supposed copyright violation over the phrase 'I am.’

The media reported that Pharrell’s lifestyle brand, i am OTHER, was in legal trouble due to the similarity of Will.i.am’s own trademarked personal brand.

Will.i.am took to his personal account to deny the allegations and to promote his charity work:

“@iamwill: 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

“@iamwill: i.am not suing @Pharrell & i never was. what i.am doing is #iamHOME helping families keep their homes... see http://www.iamangelfoundation.org

Hold on.

Despite Will’s social media claims, a court document that Rolling Stone obtained states otherwise: “registration of the mark… is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark.”

Additionally, in a statement made today, Will.i.am's attorney Ken Hertz said that the two have "discussed the matter for several months." Apparently their battle began all the way back in December. As you will see in the tweets above. Will does use 'I AM' for a number of his businesses, including his charity work.

Knowing that, his tweets seem a bit passive aggresive.

 

Previously: Will.i.am takes legal action against Pharrell for his name

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