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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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31.

Lynzi    

i have never heard of the American One direction ive heard of the U.K. One Direction and Simon will probably buy the name but the U.K. One Direction should be able to keep their name they are way more popular the the U.S. band and the U.K. band are touring all over the place their in Australia right now also no one has heard of the U.S. band probably because they suck thats my opinion

934 days ago
32.

101    

This is just another classic example of American greed. A no-named band surfaces out of the wood work to claim a $1 million dollar claim against Simon for damages? What damages did they lose? If anything they should owe Simon for all the free publicity they have received with their band name.

They won't win any lawsuit they start. Toss them a few thousand dollars and allow the American One Direction to continue making garage music for the rest of their lives.

934 days ago
33.

janet    

Simon Cowell has never been a business fool. Cowell knows how to re-use that was never his idea in the first place. Boy bands, retro over 20 years ago?


Another no talent boy band.

934 days ago
34.

Kasandra    

I don't get why the American One Direction didn't say anything untill they realized how BIG the British One Direction got. I'm from America and I knew the British One Direction waaaaaay before the American one. No matter what the names are the British One Direction will be more famoush either way! (:

934 days ago
35.

B    

Never heard of either one of them. No more boy bands please!

934 days ago
36.

rsmik    

the US is suing because the UK guys are cuter

934 days ago
37.

Kasandra    

Total stupidity! How come all of a sudden the American 1D wants to sue the British 1D. I'm from America and I didn't even know about the American 1D. And I've been a fan of the British 1D for like ever. :) Either way, British 1D are still better. And unless the American 1D have a #1 Album in AMERICA than they can talk. Untill than, uhm NO!

934 days ago
38.

Alice    

U.S One Direction Is Really Suing The Brit One Direction For Using The Same Name Really ? They Will Never Change There Name Cause There Known All Over The World By One Direction. So Just Drop The Law Suit Cause It's Going To Hurt All The 1D Fans Out There. And The U.S One Direction Will Be Receiving Insults For the Brit One Direction Fans.

934 days ago
39.

Katie    

So many jealous guys seem to be commenting on this... too funny!
But I'm not really sure what I think about this. I love the U.K. One Direction more than any other boy band, and have never even HEARD of this other U.S. One Direction... but if they had the name first then... I don't know. But it seems kind of ridiculous for the U.S. version to try and sue them... I mean it's almost like they looked at this as a chance to become more famous just because they are causing a scene. And 1,000,000 dollars in damage? Emotionally damage or something...? Lame. And it seems totally desperate.
In the end, even if the lads (Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Louis) have to change their name; I'll always support them.

934 days ago
40.

jdr    

What Simon Cowell is going to do buy the name from them.

934 days ago
41.

Alicia    

Are you freakin serious? I thought they already let this go. Grow Up its a name. Everyone just stop suing people. When they werent that big everyone was all oh its fine nothing to worry about but now 1d UK is big everyone is all sue them! No. Just NO.

934 days ago
42.

you people make me sick    

Bush had to go by Bush X here in Canada because of copyright issues. They donated 20 grand each to a Canadian charity and the dude who held the copyright let them have it, seeing as they were more popular. Seems like a less douchebag way to go about it than sue.

934 days ago
43.

Rika    

creepy doppelgangers of each other without even trying

934 days ago
44.

Mork12    

How original. bring 5 talentless doosh together and give them a dooshy name...Simon Cowell is a genius I tell ya

934 days ago
45.

Reeve    

They're both going in one direction and it's definitely not straight.

934 days ago
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