Pharrell doesn't like that Will.i.am, but he does like Dr. Seuss apparently.
Believe it or not, the beloved children's book author is being dragged into a trademark dispute between the rapper/producer and the Black Eyed Peas member.
Allow us to explain ...
Will.i.am is trying to block him from using the name, and he's pissed.
According to Pharrell, Will has already sent him a nasty cease and desist letter informing P that he owns the rights to all things with an "I Am" element.
In response, P sued back, hoping to stop Will from stopping him.
Pharrell argues that he uses "I Am" in a totally different way. Specifically, he says, Will is using the "I Am" as a playful riff on his name, in a Dr. Seuss-esque manner.
He quotes from Dr' Seuss classic' Green Eggs and Ham:
"Sam I am
I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am"
Pharrell continues in his suit, "In contrast, the I Am Other mark means 'I am something else,' leaving what that 'else' is to the imagination of the consumer."
"It certainly does not mean 'I am Will.'"
Case closed? A judge as yet to rule in the case, but it seems hard to believe will.i.am really has a legal monopoly on the words "I Am" ... doesn't it?