Armenian top level domain representative Will.i.am is allegedly taking legal action against talented person Pharrell Williams for using the basic nouns “I am.” According to documents obtained by Rolling Stone, the former Black Eyed Peas singer (I guess?) claimed he has that phrase copyrighted and lambasted Pharrell’s website thing as “confusingly similar.”
Will.i.am, who, FUN FACT, has the normal name of William James Adams, argues that when Pharrell is marketing his “i am OTHER” brand, the items could be confused for represenating the exalted estate of Will.i.am’s. ”The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark,” the document states.
Pharrell denied the claims to Rolling Stone, saying that he was “disappointed” in Will.i.am:
“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.”
Regardless, it’s going to take a lot of #willpower to muster up the energy to care about this.
(H/T Death and Taxes)