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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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151.

1D    

Why did they sued them now...I mean the UK One Direction was created in 2010 why didn´t they say anything, why did they wait for 2 years...

836 days ago
152.

dean    

i guess the one direction means something to the band members you take the right path in life and you do good so the UK should give up the fight because these boys are living the right life to discredit them and fight them would be an insult to the UK and would crush these fine young boys who live a life in one direction

836 days ago
153.

Thoushaltnot    

Well, what's the matter? Other's UK, other is US.

836 days ago
154.

Sam    

Why is this so focused on US vs Britain

836 days ago
155.

Océane     

This is ridiculous! One DirectionUK decided that name before! Also they have an enormous amount of fans (probably more than one direction U.S. leadership). And I think if one direction Uk they would change their name, would be war. And they are known only in the U.S.. One Direction Uk are all over the papers then let us name our idols!

836 days ago
156.

Raven    

Okay just going to put this out there but this would not be the first time a big name band had to change their name due to copy right issue. And while you may have never heard of the American one, they still were a band before the UK on so they would have first rights to the name. It has nothing to do with Americans thinking they own everything. I completely understand why they would be upset about it and I don't blame them for suing considering they had tried to come to an agreement but the UK OD management obviously were not taking them seriously.

836 days ago
157.

Yazmin    

well i think they should keep their name because they have way MORE fans than the U.S one direction and also U.K One Direction have over 1 million twitter followers and U.S 1d only have 945...if anyone changes their name it has to be the US1D because we was here first and US1D weren't formed till last January so **** you Uncle Simon will get us out of this mess and claim UK1D keep their name.

836 days ago
158.

anisa    

i would like to see a sighned contract from them from the first time they made their band then i will believe it but till then i dnt believe they formed their name first they just want money

836 days ago
159.

Daniela    

This is utter bull-****. The US One Direction isn't even known, I'm american and have never heard of them, the boys from UK One Direction have a right to that name since they are from the UK, I don't see why US One Direction are being a bunch of **** heads, this is all for the money they're not comingly known therefore don't make a lot and here is their chance to get some big cash, they should just retrive their sueing and stop being douches.

836 days ago
160.

BAILEYISADIRECTIONER    

WTF THE U.K ONE DIRECTION IS WAAAAY BETTER THEY ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE AND SING WAAAAAYY BETTER....I hope Simon will hurry up and give em the check for 1million bucks

835 days ago
161.

Elizabeth and breanna    

Okay this is just stiupid they are just jealous cuz they arent as popular! so i think they should put it up to their fans! cuz im pretty sure U.K band ONE DIRECTION will be keeping there name!!! There way better then the other one cuz i looked and they boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

835 days ago
162.

LovelyRoselier    

It's clear that, at the moment that they realized how wildly popular the U.K One Direction band had become in the U.S that these boys in "US One Direction" just want to get in on that. They weren't relevant before and this law suit is just going to make it even worse. Try being popular in music when Hundreds of thousands of female directioners of the UK band (obviously) in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and about 10 more countries officially really 'hate your guts'... good luck :/

835 days ago
163.

LovelyRoselier    

Have you seen how much money they've asked for? 630,000 dollars in euros and almost twice the amount of profit the U.K. One Direction made here in the U.S. Its obvious these guys have seen the sheer success of their British counter parts and decided that they would try to get in on the money and gain their 15 seconds of fame.
I hope they enjoy it while it lasts, because those 15 minutes go by in the blink of an eye.

835 days ago
164.

JaidynWale    

I get why the US One Direction would be pretty pissed that a band from another country is famous and "stole" their name. But the UK One Direction is obviously WAY popular than the US ones. I mean really, I haven't even heard of the US ones untill now and I'm American. AND they didn't know some already had the name. <3 UKDirectionerErectioner

835 days ago
165.

alyssa     

who gives a **** seriously no one listens to u.s. one direction they are ugly and unheard of u.k. one direction pretty and they make beautiful sounds!!

835 days ago
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