Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am Reach Settlement over "I AM" Trademark Dispute
Published Mar 11, 2014Last year, we all scratched our heads over a slightly strange legal dispute in which Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams sued one another over use of the slogan "I AM." Now, the two parties have put this battle to rest and reached an out-of-court settlement.
The details of the agreement aren't known, but the two musicians have decided that their copyright dispute won't be going in front of a judge. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they are in the midst of drafting a settlement.
The dispute began when Will.i.am took exception to Pharrell calling his creative brand i am OTHER, claiming that this diluted his own "I AM" tag. Will.i.am filed a notice of opposition in an attempt to block his rival from trademarking his i am OTHER brand.
At the time, Pharrell told Rolling Stone, "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."
Pharrell responded with a lawsuit, and Will.i.am then countersued, claiming that Pharrell has a history of ripping off other artists.