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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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166.

bored    

The name sucks anyway, I always think One Direction..going nowhere!

932 days ago
167.

Bella Rivera    

UK One Direction is much hotter than US One direction, in my opionion. Why are the US, 1D all of a sudden demanding that UK 1D change thier name now? Uk 1D has been in America for quite awhile, or did they just release this thingy to the public now?

932 days ago
168.

Kelly    

Seriously? Who cares. You're the US and they're the brits. It doesn't matter. That's like sueing someone because they're name is the same name as yours. "Oh, I'm going to sue that chick because her name's Kelly too..." ?? It's POINTLESS. -____________-

931 days ago
169.

camila    

dont sue them they prombly didnt know and named it that way

931 days ago
170.

cookie cake    

ONe Direction U.S sucks One Direction U.K rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!

930 days ago
171.

darren    

The Uk's one direction should change their names to two direction.

930 days ago
172.

john byrne    

how about wrong direction?

929 days ago
173.

Amanda Lindsey    

Um, I'm from the U.S I have never heard of The U.S One Direction. Who the hell are they? The U.K One Direction Are known worldwide! No one has ever heard of The U.S verison. I swear The U.S one direction Are ***s, they're ugly. UK One Direction are Sexy. All I have to say.

928 days ago
174.

DC    

The law is the law people. No matter what, U.S. 1D simply owns the rights. Case closed.

927 days ago
175.

Gabby Fallyn    

even though i from the us, 1Dus has no right to do this to 1Duk. this whole thing is just a scam for publicity and money, since they have none. And theyre just jealous of 1Duk because they sell out concerts and have fans all over the world, while they do little concerts at county fairs and bars. this is ridulous, honestly 1Dus needs to stop with the nonsense and let 1Duk, the good guys, win. its stupidity in action and im sick of it. this whole lawsuit is stupid and their argument is invalid.

925 days ago
176.

anonymous    

i dont think its wrong to have 2 ONE DIRECTION. Its 2 different worlds. AND they are NOT GAY.

925 days ago
177.

liliy    

ew no that u.s band was un known untill those much better looking british boys came.... and now they r much more popular than the U.S band.... my opinion is that the U.K boy band can keep the name becouse it fits them and they made the name known to some of the world

925 days ago
178.

Sheila    

What I find funny is that the media and music outlets keep confusing them. Spotify has the American One Directions music listed under the U.K. artists. U.K. One direction shows up for a T.V. interview only to have the U.S. bands song played in the background as they go onstage. Hilarious.

925 days ago
179.

Jye    

If I change my name to Justin Bieber will I get sued?

923 days ago
180.

Renee    

the uk One Direction shouldnt be sued because they didnt do anything wrong!
The us should be sued.
this is silly Harry Nial Louis and the others should have that name. END OF STORY

921 days ago
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