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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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181.

beth    

i have never heard of the us one direction i think they are jelous of the uk one direction i love the uk one direction idk why bring it up now they have been and ban for ttwo years i think so why bring it up now uk one direction u guys better win this and keep the name =D

808 days ago
182.

Steph1DLove    

LET UK ONE DIRECTION KEEP THEIR NAMEE! IM FROM USA AND I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS US ONE DIRECTION! OKAY! SO LET THE UK 1D KEEP THEIR NAME! UK 1D IS WAYYYYY HOTTER THAN THE US 1D ALSO AND MAKE THE US 1D CHANGE THEIR NAME! GOSH! MORE PEOPLE LIKE UK 1D AND WOULD DO ALMOST ANYTHING FOR THEM TO KEEP THEIR NAME! US 1D SUCKS AND ARE PROBALLY JUST JELOUS THAT THE UK 1D ARE WAYY MORE POPULAR AND HOTTER AND THEIR ACCENTS ARE SO MUCH BETTER!! LET UK ONE DIRECTION KEEP THEIR NAMEEEEEEE!!! >_< <3

806 days ago
183.

Chloe    

Look-a-like much US ones are just stealing their style.. I will do anything to save my boys...

806 days ago
184.

kristine    

so what Uk one direction is much better looking and better music then american 1D. Most people didn't even know american 1D Existed Until the lawsuit....

803 days ago
185.

MylinMickeyD    

people just need to chill their ****. UK One Direction > US One Direction...and I'm an American....sue me.

802 days ago
186.

Tash    

I've heard both bands. Legally, I guess it makes sense that in this hypothetical (not going to go anywhere) lawsuit the American One Direction would win because they patented the name first, but honestly I agree with someones earlier post that British One Direction will buy out the name. I like British One Direction better. They're way cuter and are more my style of music.

797 days ago
187.

Cheska Anne Jose    

I Like UK One Direction....I Love You Louis Tomlinson.... <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

797 days ago
188.

Kat    

Who's the american 1D???

795 days ago
189.

Isabella     

us 1D music sucks and it is legal that uk 1D stayes with the name one direction 1.because they are hotter and sexier 2. there is not a band called one direction in the united kingdom meaning that oe direction u.s is not registerd in the uk system and one direction uk is not registed in the us system making this legal 3. one direction uk is famous come on 4 us one direction music sucks 5 one direction uk have fans the have thir directioner.

794 days ago
190.

Isabella    

thiis one direction u.s.a is **** one direction U.K. is much much better. One Direction U.K have fans they don´t they are a BIG PIECE OF **** no one wants them not even their mom.

794 days ago
191.

Linda     

I have never heard of the US 1!!!

793 days ago
192.

Mia    

I think U.S one direction is using this lawsuit to get more famous. Rarely any people knew about them until this lawsuit.

786 days ago
193.

lol.....    

i think british one direction should keep there name :]
im a [british] one directioner!

786 days ago
194.

reana    

i love & like one direction (U.K) they are very very beautiful, smart and they have a fantastic voice.. !
They are one, .. this is their name too.
so guys continue!!! we love you and we are 1D's family.. <3

778 days ago
195.

Mrs.Niall Horan    

the UK One Direction should keep their name and the US One Direction should change theirs because the UK One Direction have worked really hard on their music and they are not going to throw it all away jus because of some US One Direction band. the guys ddnt know there was an American One Direction and c'mon, Simon Cowell invented One Direction(UK) do they really want there fans to be devastated?? and im one of their fans... enuff said.

773 days ago
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