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Will.i.am SUES Pharrell

I.AM Who I.AM

And You're Not

9/20/2013 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Will.i.am
has fired back at Pharrell in a lawsuit, claiming Pharrell is a serial thief who steals names for profit -- including Will's.

Pharrell has launched a YouTube channel called I AM OTHER.  After Will fired off a cease and desist letter, demanding that Pharrell stop using "I AM," Pharrell filed a lawsuit, asking a judge to protect his right to use the "I AM" moniker.

Now we've obtained new legal docs, in which Will.i.am is countersuing Pharrell, claiming the dude has a long, copycat history.  Will.i.am notes ... Pharrell co-founded a record label called Star Trak Entertainment -- sound familiar?

But wait, there's more.  Will also notes Pharrell is being sued by Marvin Gaye's family for allegedly ripping off "Got to Give it Up" for his summer smash "Blurred Lines."

And there's still more.  Will claims Pharrell also tried to register the trademark, Pink Slime -- which Will says is similar to Slime, owned by Mattel.  That's a stretch, right?

As for using "I AM," Will points out it will confuse people because they're both on the same record label and they have similar musical styles.

As for what Will wants ... $$$.

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1.

Mikey    

God was the first to use "I Am" so maybe he's sue the both of them.

362 days ago
2.

All Heart    

I AM shocked that this type of petty behavior persists between these rappers.


Many try to act the same, dress the same, sound the same, etc, etc, etc so of course there's going to be some confusion to unaware or uneducated listeners.


Those who know the genre already know the difference between each group and/or individual.


BTW, I know squat about rap, but I do know who Will.I.Am is ... and it would be hard for me to confuse Pharrell with Will.I.Am

362 days ago
3.

Mikey    

Couple of nit wits arguing over who is "I Am"

362 days ago
4.

SarahBeebee    

How ironic. A person who steals other people's songs getting all Mad that someone else is trying to copy his name. lol

362 days ago
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Sara    

Sounds like to me William is jealous of Pharrells Success..but that besides the point that "I am" is part of everyday language and unless he plans on suing the world he needs to give it a rest.

362 days ago
6.

Sarah    

Get over yourself Will.i.Idiot. I use "I am" you gonna sue me too? The name is not the same get over it you fool. Just hating because Pharrell is hot as hell and looks better than you even though he's older.

362 days ago
7.

michael    

They are both idiots.

362 days ago
8.

bkblueknight    

as if i need one more reason not to listen to will.i.am s music

362 days ago
9.

Nancy    

Never liked Will i am. Way too overated. He is average, at best. Even average is debatable.

362 days ago
10.

JrzGrl    

Give me a break. Ridiculous.

362 days ago
11.

KnuckleDragger    

"...demanding that Pharrell stop using "I AM," Pharrell filed a lawsuit, asking a judge to protect his right to use the "I AM" moniker."
.
I wonder what Doctor Suess would have to say.

362 days ago
12.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Too bad this dumb pathetic moron Will.I.Aint doesn't have any actually talent or intellect..... It would really help his case, but instead he just looks like an ass hole.

362 days ago
13.

Azi    

I am Azi.I.am and you are not !

362 days ago
14.

iSick    

Remember when that news reporter confused will.i.am for Wycleaf Jean? XD
Will.i.am has lost faith in white people and thinks we can't seperate black people. Blame the reporter. -iSick

362 days ago
15.

PAmom    

Pink slime is a mechanically separated meat product used in cheaply made beef products and school lunches. Why would you want to trademark that name.

362 days ago
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