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Pharrell Williams, will.i.am Settling Dispute over “I am OTHER” Phrase

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Columbia Records; Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams and will.i.am have settled their dispute over the “Happy” singer’s “I am OTHER” brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

To refresh your memory: will.i.am argued last year that Pharrell’s brand is too similar to the “I AM” trademark the Black Eyed Peas member owns for commercial purposes. In response, Pharrell filed a lawsuit requesting permission to continue to use the “I am OTHER” phrase.

will.i.am later countersued, claiming Pharrell’s brand would confuse consumers. He also stated that Pharrell has a history of copying others’ work, citing as one example the alleged similarities between Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give It Up” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” which Pharrell co-wrote and produced.

The Hollywood Reporter says both sides are currently drafting a settlement agreement, the terms of which have not been publicly disclosed.

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