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Pharrell Sues

I'm Going All Dr. Seuss

On Your Ass!!!

7/1/2013 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE ... Will.iam ... Pharrell doesn't like that ... and now he's suing the Black Eyed Peas rapper in what's becoming a pretty nasty trademark war ... which now involves Dr. Seuss, TMZ has learned.

Pharrell -- who's featured on TWO mega-hits right now ("Get Lucky" & "Blurred Lines") -- recently launched a YouTube channel called I Am Other ... and he's pissed that is trying to block him from using the name.

Why? According to Pharrell, Will has already sent him a cease and desist letter informing P that he owns the rights to all things with an "I Am" element ... and warned Pharrell to back down or else.

Pharrell didn't run scared ... he ran to court ... and SUED Will -- in an effort to stop Will from stopping him.

In the suit, filed in federal court in NY and obtained by TMZ, Pharrell argues that they are each using "I Am" in completely different ways.

Pharrell says Will is using the "I Am" is a Seussian way -- as a playfull riff on his own name -- and to hammer home his point, he quotes from Green Eggs and Ham:

"Sam I am
I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am"

Pharrell continues in his suit, "In contrast, the I Am Other mark means 'I am something else,' leaving what that 'else' is to the imagination of the consumer. It certainly does not mean 'I am Will.'"

Pharrell is asking a judge for written permission to continue using the "I Am Other" mark.

So far, no comment from Will's camp.


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I think I am in the wrong place with this Green Eggs and Ham dialog going on here; this is way too deep without getting paid first.

480 days ago


It's ridiculous he was allowed to trademark anything with "I am" in the first place.

480 days ago


William Sucks so hard at music I don't even know how he is making money.

480 days ago


How funny considering Will.I.AM rips off talented musicians and recreates their music into some horrible crappy techno. Which sounds like every other song on the radio.

480 days ago

I'm A Lawyer    

Douchebag he is.

480 days ago


Holy crap! What has happened to society? This story, and this argument--laughable.

480 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I'm pretty sure that "God" feller has dibs on the phrase--I am.

480 days ago


I am and you are not !

480 days ago

sarah only came up with that name because his name is William.
"I am" means something else to the rest of us, It's how we begin a sentence describing ourselves.
He is so pompous.

480 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

What am I? What am I? I'm Popeye, the sailor. I'm Popeye, the sailor. I AM WHAT I AM!!!!

480 days ago


Exodus 3:14... "I am who I am"

480 days ago


I want to trade mark the alphabet.

480 days ago

Italia wrote most, if not all, of the music to the 3 "Madagascar" movies. Pharrel wrote the hits to the "Despicable Me" movies. Both are superior song writers.

480 days ago


This is really clever on Pharrell's lawyers parts. They (the lawyers) laid it out so clearly that there is no way Will.I.Am is going to win the suit against him.

480 days ago


It is a shame what some people have lawsuits about. 'I am' is a common phrase and nobody owns it. There is more pressing business to deal with.

480 days ago
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