Will.i.am has said that he is not suing Pharrell Williams over the right to use the phrase ‘I Am’, despite a report in Rolling Stone quoting both legal documents and Pharrell himself on the matter earlier this week.
As previously reported, Rolling Stone said that Will.i.am had taken exception to the name of Williams’ I Am Other company, worried that it might cause confusion and “dilute” his own exploitation of the highly distinctive and seldom otherwise used ‘I Am’ phrase.
But taking to Twitter to address the report, Will.i.am said: “i.am not suing @Pharrell and I never was… what i.am doing is #iamangel TRANS4Ming inner cities with #STEAM tools”.
He’s referring there to the ‘TRANS4M’ and ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math’ initiatives run by his i.am.angel Foundation, if you were wondering. I know I was.
So anyway, that’s all fine and lovely, though it still doesn’t explain why Pharrell seems pretty sure that he is being sued.