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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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allysmiles01    

its just a name and how do the U.S. One Direction expect the U.K. One Direction to know that the name was already taken when the U.S. One Direction isn't even that popular. And sine the U.K. One Direction has such a massive fan base and a big portion of them are girls do you know the mass hysteria amongst girls from ages around 7 and up would be like. These girls would be pretty much crying themselves to sleep and maybe the U.K. fans of the U.K. One Direction may abandon them since they have changed their bands name feeling as if they aren't as authentically themselves as when they entered the U.K. X Factor in 2010

863 days ago
17.

jimi    

does anyone really give a rat's ass?

863 days ago
18.

Criss    

Has anyone actually heard of either of them, plus can anyone tell the difference?

863 days ago
19.

Melanie    

Well.. I have to say something.. FIRST if the american band was formed in 2009 IT SURE TOOK SUCH A LONG DAMN TIME TO FINALLY SAY SOMETHING I MEAN ARE YOU FREAKING CRAZY? I mean seriously. I HAVE NO IDEA who these people are.
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One Direction US's Youtube was made on May 12, 2011.. One Direction UK's account was made on Dec 4, 2010. -.- The US One i haven't seen a video of them singing live so they probably suck without autotune. While the UK One Direction sings live like a lot and their voices are great.. I think the US one shouldn't argue i mean One Direction UK have tons of fans.

863 days ago
20.

rhemi.hughes    

well, i guess the american band has to make money somehow...clearly the only way is through a lawsuit if their career is headed nowhere...

863 days ago
21.

Joshua Ramirez    

The american band needs to get over it. If the name was really that important, they would have sued long before, and honestly, since when did we become the most important people to where we feel that we are entitled to everything? I honestly think the US band is feeling resentment over the fact that the UK one is out here in America selling out their own US tour including Madison Square Garden.

863 days ago
22.

Directioner    

NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE "US ONE DIRECTION" BEFORE SOOO... AWKS.... and im sorry, but the UK One Direction have already won a Brit award, been at the top of the iTunes charts, top of the Billboards & sold out MADISON SQUARE GARDENS. lets be real here...

863 days ago
23.

Kari    

IDIOTS WTF?......I LOVE ONE DIRECTION UK I LOVE YOU ZAYN MALIK

863 days ago
24.

edswoggle    

The UK version sucks, and the US version looks like they suck.

863 days ago
25.

Tara    

For some unknown reason I knew there was a band in the US named that and got it confused when I kept hearing about the UK one..

863 days ago
26.

Jeff    

wasn't there 2 bands with the name Climaxx & Klimaxx in the USA

863 days ago
27.

Anya    

The UK One direction makes more money in one night than the US one direction have probably ever seen in their lives.... they're worldwide, they're in effing australia right now and they're backed by Simon Cowell. One does not simply SUE Simon Cowell. So U.S. 1D better start running

863 days ago
28.

I luv u RPattz!    

Who and Who? o_O

863 days ago
29.

Jen    

as if they're calling this breaking news? but ofcourse its tmz

863 days ago
30.

Jen    

look, it doesn't matter, it's just a stupid name. Clearly it's not original..clearly and boy bands are sooooo 90s. There are more importance cases to care about

863 days ago
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