UPDATE (October 14, 2013):
It looks like both musicians have finally had enough of each other, because the claws are coming out.
Not only has neither party backed down from the lawsuit, TMZ reports that Pharrell is citing will.i.am's history of copyright infringement, for which he is being sued, as one of many reasons the Black Eyed Peas singer's lawsuit should be thrown out.
Apparently emboldened by his new marriage, Pharrell also wants will.i.am to pay for his legal fees.
UPDATE (September 20, 2013):
Sounds as if Pharrell Williams and will.i.am are still hashing out who gets first dibs on using the phrase "I am".
A September 20 article from TMZ reports will.i.am has countersued Pharrell over a lawsuit the latter musician filed asking "a judge to protect his right to use the 'I AM' moniker" in relation to a new YouTube channel he created called
i am OTHER. Pharrell's original lawsuit came about after will.i.am sent him a cease and desist letter earlier this summer.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, will.i.am points to other instances where Pharrell used names similar to others on the market including Star Trak Entertainment and Pink Slime. Pharrell's work on the Robin Thicke song "Blurred Lines" is also referenced because of current controversy it uses parts of Marvin Gaye's hit "Got To Give It Up." Details to come as the story develops.
ORIGINAL STORY (June 26, 2013):
Pharrell Williams might be trying to "Get Lucky" in Daft Punk's summer anthem, but he'll also need luck in the courtroom, as fellow musician will.i.am is waging war!
Rolling Stone has obtained the documents in the notice of opposition and reports that will.i.am is objecting to Pharrell's new creative brand, "i am OTHER," asserting that he has the copyright to the phrase "I AM." He also claims that Pharrell's logo looks "confusingly similar" to his own.
"The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark," the document states.
Meanwhile, Pharrell and his lawyers have denied all the claims.
"I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me," Pharrell tells Rolling Stone. "I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. I am surprised in how this is being handled and I am confident that Will's trademark claims will ultimately be found to be as meritless and ridiculous as I do."
Guess we'll find out who has, ahem, #thatPOWER once this case ends up in front of a judge!