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One Direction

Sued by Same-Name Band


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.

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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Pudding Tang    

who is behind this extreme gayness?

934 days ago


Should be a no-brainer if the U.S. guys beat the Brits to the copyright office.

934 days ago


All boy bands are headed "one direction"... straight to the $1 bin at Walmart.

934 days ago


I hope they take them for all they are worth. It's not hard to check if someone already has a name. Now it's time for them to pay for it. My guy feeling? The UK band will buy the name and it will be settled out of court

934 days ago


Not a hard decision. Whoever patent it first, gets the rights to it.

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934 days ago


That's 10 ugly dudes we have here.

934 days ago


Yeah of course they would say that. I love the U.K One Direction! I have never heard of the other one. Ever!!I'm from the U.S!

934 days ago

jimmy d    

I am sure that both bands suck but the U.S. One Direction is stupid as well. They should have raised a stink as soon as they even found out about the Brit version and secondly suing Simon Cowell for $1M is ridiculous. That is literally a weeks pay for Simon. I bet if he does anything he will buy the name off US for a few mill. Idiots all of them. And everyone is fugz. Wait till the tween grow out of them.

934 days ago


Sorry but do Americans think they own the planet? What's with all the suing of people?
UGG had the nerve to come to Australia and try to sue anyone who used the term 'ugg boot' a name we have used as a general term for sheepskin boots for a hundred years. It'd be like trying to sue for using the name 'jeans'. So arrogant to think because you file a trademark application in the US it somehow matters to anyone else. Have a cup of concrete and harden up.

934 days ago


Jealous guys are posting! And how would U.K One Direction heard of the U.S version.They didn't communicate till Simon Cowell put them together!

934 days ago


Well let's see: one band we know the other we don't. One of the bands can enjoy a Kodak moment, the other a Kojak moment. One band has cute accents that make them sound smart, the other band is American. LOLOL I could do this all day. Go back to your Wal-Mart jobs boys.

934 days ago


I don't get it... What's the difference...

934 days ago


anyone else want to sue them both for being on this earth?

934 days ago


Pathetic. didn't anyone tell these guys the boy band thing is so over. who gives a _ _ _ _. and the fake pre designed individual looks down to the hair. sad. but then again some 2 year olds might wanna follow this still....sue yourselves.

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