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Pharrell Sues Will.i.am

I'm Going All Dr. Seuss

On Your Ass!!!

7/1/2013 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0701_pharrell_williams_will_i_am_articleWill.i.am ... Will.iam ... Pharrell doesn't like that Will.i.am ... 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 Will.i.am 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.

30 COMMENTS

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1.

eqquesz    

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.

448 days ago
2.

Simone    

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

448 days ago
3.

rey    

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

448 days ago
4.

hannahcuellar    

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.

448 days ago
5.

I'm A Lawyer    

Douchebag he is.

448 days ago
6.

Laura    

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

448 days ago
7.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

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

448 days ago
8.

Azi    

I am and you are not !

448 days ago
9.

sarah    

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

448 days ago
10.

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!!!!

448 days ago
11.

dontgivearatsass    

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

448 days ago
12.

Bell    

I want to trade mark the alphabet.

448 days ago
13.

Italia    

Will.i.am 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.

448 days ago
14.

Oceanspud    

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.

448 days ago
15.

Barbarascy    

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.

448 days ago
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