Will.I.Am Suing Pharrell Williams

There’s a lot of buzz about Pharrell Williams working his magic on Britney’s new album, but that all may come to halt now that Executive Producer Will.I.Am is suing Pharrell for copyright infringement.

Will is suing Williams for his brand “i am OTHER,” claiming he owns the right to the phrase “I AM,” and that the logos are “confusingly similar,” according to official court documents obtained by RollingStone.com.

In his notice of opposition, Will.i.am argues that Pharrell would be using his “i am OTHER” brand on clothing and other items in a manner similar to the goods that bear his own “I AM” logo. “The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark,” the document reads.

Lawyers for Pharrell and “i am OTHER” deny the allegations.

“I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me,” Pharrell says in a statement to RS. “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.”

UPDATE: Will.I.Am Tweeted about the story: