Last week was all about IP infringement in music (see our posts about Jay-Z and Ke$ha)
But it just keeps on coming.
Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his “I am OTHER” company is not infringing on Will.i.am’s “I AM” trademark.
Pharrell filed a suit last week in federal court in Manhattan. He’s seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement. The two artists have been in dispute for the past several months over the issue.
Artist/producer Will.i.am has owned the “I AM” trademark since 2001. He filed objections in March and May against Pharrell Williams’ company, i am OTHER, that launched in 2010. Will.i.am uses “I AM” for his businesses, including his charity foundation I AM ANGEL. Pharrell’s i am OTHER produces the hit web series “Awkward Black Girl” and other web series.
Maybe MarkMatters.com can start a new monthly magazine on IP infringements in the music industry (thanks for the tip @ChrisHoole).