Will.i.am is going after Pharrell in a lawsuit, claiming Pharrell steals names for profit, including his!
TMZ reports that there are multiple instances of Pharrell taking, um, some ideas that may or may not be his own, according to the Black Eyed Peas frontman…
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?
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?
Yes, yes it is, Will. Though some of these are pretty lose, I think there’s definitely some “inspiration” going on from other artists. Is Will.i.am a money-grubber (like he needs any more!), or do you think his argument has some validity?