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One Direction

Sued by Same-Name Band

YOU RIPPED US OFF!

4/10/2012 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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British boy band One Direction is being sued by a much lesser known American band -- also called One Direction -- and now, the Americans are out for blood ... demanding the Brits change their name.

The U.S. One Direction just filed the lawsuit, claiming they formed in 2009 -- an entire year before the UK band members even knew each other -- and have since developed a considerable following this side of the Atlantic.

In addition to building a reputation around the name, the Americans claim they also beat the Brits in a race to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- filing a trademark application for "One Direction" long before their UK counterparts.

Now, the Americans are asking for a court order -- requiring the Brits to change their name.

The Americans are also suing Simon Cowell's record label and Sony Music -- demanding more than $1 million in damages.

The British band -- which was formed by Simon Cowell in 2010 while members competed on the UK "X Factor" -- has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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A lawyer for the UK band tells TMZ, the group plans to fight back -- claiming, “[British] One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.”

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136.

Meighan    

what a joke. expecting the biggest boy band in the world to change their name is like asking a dog to poo bars of gold

868 days ago
137.

Charlie    

The US One Direction band isn't even together now, all this is, is a plan to get rich and get their 15 minutes of fame. They're mad that they didn't go anywhere and that the UK band did. Grow up Sean, just cause your daddy sunk thousands of dollars and you didn't become famous doesn't mean you can try and sue them for their earnings and act like you're going to use the name. Ridiculous.

868 days ago
138.

Sabrina Brown    

let's be honest now no one cared about the ones in the U.S

868 days ago
139.

Allie    

the awkward moment when you havnt even heard of the usa one direction and you live in the us....

868 days ago
140.

bubbles1311143    

I didn't even know that their was US One Direction. The US One Direction is most likely going to lose cause UK One Direction is more popular then US One Direction. UK One Direction has more fans (like Adele and Katy Perry). And people (like me) got things like hoddies, CDs, books, posters and more. Wile US One Direction is not even close to having as many fans as UK One Direction. And doesn't have a book. Or a CD as poplar as UK One Direction.

868 days ago
141.

bubbles1311143    

I didn't even know that their was US One Direction. The US One Direction is most likely going to lose cause UK One Direction is more popular then US One Direction. UK One Direction has more fans (like Adele and Katy Perry). And people (like me) bot things like hoddies, CDs, books, posters and more. Wile US One Direction is not even close to having as many fans as UK One Direction. And doesn't have a book. Or a CD as poplar as UK One Direction.

868 days ago
142.

Camille    

LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE! UK One Direction have been a participant in the Music Industry since 2010. I understand US One Direction formed in 2009, but they had not been publicly shown! UK 1D appeared on X Factor a very well known competition show!They first debuted their album in 2011 before US One Direction. UK 1D just have released their album in the UK first, but still releasing on youtube, therefore US 1D should have been aware that another band was already formed. US 1D plan to sue UK 1D. Can they really? UK 1D have been on tours, appeared on television and have debuted much more than US 1D, so legally UK 1D have the rites to claim to not be sued but US 1D! They can sue them but will it really get that far? I have examined US 1D's Music, and to be fair i think UK 1D would have more success. Look US One Direction if its bothering you that terribly, just change your name! A rivalry will begin between both bands and that is not good. So just change your name! Because if you want to get publicity, change your name and UK 1D will advertise it, I think that would be fair enough.

868 days ago
143.

MLS29    

The name should will probably have to be changed unless the UK band pays the US band for the right to the name. But the $1 million is ridiculous. It is because of the UK's One Direction that the US's One Direction made any headway at all. The UK band is by far more famous and when you searched for them you found the US band and was able to learn about them.

868 days ago
144.

Kristal    

I'm from the US and I have never heard of the US One Direction. And I've known the Brit One Direction since they were on the X-Factor. That has to be saying something...

868 days ago
145.

BAILEY    

THE U.S NEEDS TO CALM DOWN THE U.S 1D ARE NOBODIES!! I MEAN COME ON THERE LIKE NOT GOING TO GET ANYWHERE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THEY NEED TO GET OVER IT AND 1 MILLION ?! that better me one million music lessons

868 days ago
146.

DIRECTIONER    

ok this is just stupid. the US band has never even been heard of.

868 days ago
147.

Tiana Pirozzi    

who even new about ths US One direction? this is stupid and annoying.. leave the sexxy guys alone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

868 days ago
148.

Hannah    

Well the UK One Direction has loads of fans. I've never heard of this US One Direction and I live in the US. I'm On Louis ,Niall,Zayn,Harry,and Liam's side.(UK One Direction)

868 days ago
149.

Java    

God, the UK One Direction is awful. I feel like Pedobear just looking at them. They can't sing and, at concerts, they can't even dance (I've seen footage of them just sitting there, compared to the other band (Big Time Rush). They almost got voted off X-Factor.. and should have. They can't sing without help. Shame this trash makes it into music at all. It's like 5 Justin Biebers.

Don't know about the US one. I don't feel bad for them, though. It happens.

868 days ago
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PandaAmber    

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868 days ago
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