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Pharrell Williams Does Not Want To Talk Lawsuits But Rather About Saving The Oceans

posted 2 Jul 2013, 14:58 by Mpelembe   [ updated 2 Jul 2013, 14:59 ]

Pharrell Williams refuses to comment on will.i.am lawsuit, introduces concept to end plastic pollution in the world's oceans at Berlin's PREMIUM fair.

 BERLINGERMANY (JULY 2, 2013)(REUTERS) - Musician, producer and fashion entrepreneur Pharrell Williams on Tuesday (July 02) in Berlinrefused to comment on an ongoing lawsuit against will.i.am. Williams, who was at the Berlinfashion trade fair PREMIUM to promote environmentally friendly clothing told Reuters, when asked about a lawsuit and an ongoing argument between him and will.i.am: "I have no idea."

Williams filed a lawsuit Monday asking a U.S. court to rule he has not violated any trademark that Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am owns for the phrase "I AM."

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, said that will.i.am, whose real name is William Adams, has repeatedly sent letters to Williams demanding he stop using versions of the phrase "I AM" on a website founded by Williams, iamother.com.

The lawsuit asked the court to declare that the phrase "I Am Other" does not "infringe, dilute or unfairly compete" with will.i.am, said Brad Rose, counsel for Williams.

Williams is part of the musical duo The Neptunes and has collaborated with artists including Justin TimberlakeKanye West and Jay-Z. He is also the brand ambassador for BIONIC, a company that was founded by Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, who were joined in 2008 by Williams as creative director and partner. BIONIC was one of the first high-performance eco-yarns on the market and, according to its founders, represents the fourth generation of yarn structure in commercial textiles. The American company's patented spinning process is capable of incorporating fibers from recycled plastic bottles into durable and refined quality textiles- for Williams and Toussant a possible solution to free the world's oceans from plastic waste. "It is definitely something we can do. Our pattern is proof that we can use plastic bottles in our yarn, so without getting any government involvement we should just go out there and grab it and put it in there," said Toussant. BIONIC is also taking part in Parley, a summit that brings together creators, thinkers, and leaders to raise awareness for the oceans, and to collaborate on projects that have the power to conserve and protect them.

Every Parley is headed by a select host, such as artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who led the first Parley in New York at the beginning of this year. The Parley in Berlin was hosted by Williams, who explained his commitment for the environment: "I wanted to balance my carbon footprint output in the world, you know. For every time we ride on a plane or we drive in a car until the world has Teslas or a comparable Tesla technology we have got to think about balancing what we put out there in the world," Williams said. "You can't lean on the politicians to change the laws," he added. "Politicians are just like corporations, they follow the trends and then they create governance and laws thereafter. But we as the people, we collectively sort of have to take a stand, like we do with everything else. When we don't like something government-wise, we stand outside and we picket and we scream or we sing and we do whatever we have to do to change those laws so that the climate for humanity is much better. Well, we got to do the same things when it comes to recycling."

Parley in Berlin will address the rapidly growing threat of plastic waste in world's oceans and raise discussions on solutions for retrieving the waste and recycling it into new products.