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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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196.

me    

the TRUE and REAL One Direction should have the right to their name, which is the UK one direction! i dont even know who the " US one direction" is!

834 days ago
197.

Patricia    

Nobody knows whe the heck US One Direction is ask anyone. Lets stick with the UK one Direction everyone knows and listens to them.!

812 days ago
198.

bela    

**** THIS BRITISH 1D AR WAY ****ING BETTER THAN THOSE CHEAP, UGLY AMERICANS

810 days ago
199.

Louisa    

I think the UK one direction should not change there name. Because I didn't even know that there was such thing as a US one direction befor I new they were getting sued like seriously when ever you type up one direction I never ever see a pictuer of the US one direction and I don't think you see people crying over the US one direction but they do for the UK so do your selfs a favor from every one hating the US one direction and also breaking the heart of all of those fans so just think about it and do break people hearts Please 🙏

808 days ago
200.

austin    

why do you guys hate americans?

784 days ago
201.

ImBored._.    

This is bull****... U.S band is full of autotune -.- and plus what if U.K boy band didnt even know about them , cuz U.k One Direction is FAR more famous then U.S 1direction...

774 days ago
202.

žaja    

Uk!:$ For life :*

758 days ago
203.

Erika    

Convient much if the "us one direction" knew about the "uk one direction" since the beginning of the X factor why are all of the sudden filing a law suit huh if they knew that means they are only filing a law suit for the money it's sorta obvious you know. For heaven sakes they made like what 3 albums already with million of dollars of each album seriously are they not looking at the obvious fact that are lying in front of them seriously uk 1D LOOK AT THE OBVIOUS FACTS THEY MOST LIKLY WANT MONEY!!!!!!!!!

440 days ago
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