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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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61.

dean    

Simon probably has millions in CDs that their lawyer could force the sales to stop with a Cease and desist order and then the ticket sales OMG i always hated the way he treated people on the show i hope he refuses and the real band name takes all his assets here in America these boys paid the pat. rights its their name period

926 days ago
62.

dean    

when you file a US pat. i believe it goes/filed world wide at all the Pat. offices in the world

926 days ago
63.

mario83    

Simon cowell will probally pull an apple (like when they introduced the ipad despite the fact someone else owned the name and basically paid them off in a settlement) and just buy the name

926 days ago
64.

Denise    

The U.K One Direction should keep the name not the U.S One Direction. I in my whole life have never heard of U.S One DIrection <- Suckers

926 days ago
65.

zuinga    

what i dont get is uk one direction have been famous for couple of years and NOW the us band say that they got ripped off....i soo dont get that!!!

926 days ago
66.

Hannah    

-_- One Direction UK does not need to change their name because
1. They are from diff. countries
2. One Direction US? I don't even know about this band.
3. Title of their songs
4. One Direction UK is British-Irish while One Direction US is diff.
5. One Direction UK is more famous..

926 days ago
67.

Jayne    

the US patent office??? are they the leaders of the whole world or something ... why do the yanks think they are it and no one else matters. The idiots didnt make it big on their own so now they want to ride on someone elses coat tales... well done boys !

926 days ago
68.

maggi    

who the hell are they ??? have no idea who they are !!!

926 days ago
69.

Directioner    

Simon Cowel and the UK One Direction had no idea about them. And BTW, he UK One Direction is more famous and successful than the US One Direction. Why so overacting?

926 days ago
70.

PaulWS    

Someone put all 10 of these homos on a plane and crash it in the ocean please.

926 days ago
71.

AyeJay    

Wow is this website filled with annoying teenagers now? It doesn't matter who's more famous or not, what matters is what's legal. The U.S. 'One Direction' trademarked the name first, so anything else other than that is thrown out the window. Plus, doesn't the UK 'One Direction' go by '1D' as well? Well they can just change their name to that without confusing their fans.

926 days ago
72.

Niki    

American one direction is a **** and the U.K 1D never change their name because they are more famous then the US one.

926 days ago
73.

One direction us fan    

I have grown up with Sean o'leary almost my whole life and I can honestly say that him and his band have so much drive and well do***ented proof that he will come out on to in this lawsuit. And he has been Pershing Simon cowell for about a year. Good luck my brotha

926 days ago
74.

1DDEDICATEDFAN    

DUDES! This must be a coincidence! I Love the British One Direction they have swoon-worthy accents, voices and faces! GO BRITISH ONE DIRECTION!!!! And they're the most amazing band ever! And the American One Direction... BYEEE!

926 days ago
75.

Laura.UK 1D    

This is stupid.
I never heard of the us one direction.
Its not fair! The uk band are much better!!!<3

926 days ago
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