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One Direction Might Have To Change Their Name!

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One Direction Lawsuit Name

Oh shiz…this can’t be good!

Looks like Brit boy band, One Direction, may just have to change routes!!

Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Entertainment, and Sony Music have just been served a $1 million lawsuit from ANOTHER band named One Direction, based in the U.S.!!!

The U.S. group claims they’ve been using the name since 2011 and selling music on iTunes under it since last February.

Interesting, seeing as the U.K. 1D was formed under the group’s name on X Factor back in 2010! Although, that was in England and America is a whole other ballgame!

The lawsuit reads:

“One Direction (U.K.) can’t navigate itself into U.S. jurisdiction without causing consumer confusion and destroying the goodwill of the U.S.-based doppelganger.”

While the unsigned U.S. One Direction has barely seen as enormous of success as the U.K. group, they are no unknowns, either! The American band has gotten over 100,000 views for their music video 2012 on Youtube and has sold pretty well on iTunes!

The attorney for the American band says the U.K. group is FULLY aware of their existence and that the name conflict was brought to their attention when they tried to trademark it in the States.

The U.S. band’s attorney says:

“Rather than change their name or do anything to create confusion or avoid damage to our goodwill, they chose to press ahead and come on their tour.”

With the recent amount of success the U.K. boys have been seeing here in America, we don't think we'd want to change our name, either!!!

Many bands in the past have had the same issue and have either sucked it up and changed their names completely or added prefixes or suffixes to their existing names.

Maybe the Brit One Direction will just have to be called One Direction UK while in America??? Or simply 1D?

Hey, it worked for Wham!

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14 comments to “One Direction Might Have To Change Their Name!”

  1. 1

    Please for the love of god tell me boy bands aren't making a comeback..they NEED TO BE STOPPED NOWA!111one

  2. 2

    Wow Perez even when you steal stories from other sources you still can't get it right. The US band has been using the name since 2009. That is one whole year before the UK boys even knew each other and the US band also beat the UK one to copyright the name. So yeah the UK boys need to change their name and pay up.

  3. 3

    You probably have already suggested they change it to One Erection.
    And your facts are completely false, nice bit of research.

  4. martha says – reply to this


    to be quite honest, the only reason one direction's (U.S.) album has done well on itunes is because people, wanting to buy one direction's (U.K.), mistook the american band for the british band.

  5. 5

    ah, the trials of another group of 15-minuters.

  6. Tessa says – reply to this


    Fuck One Direction US. Nobody even knows who the hell they are, just a bunch of wannabes. One Direction UK, on the other hand are extremely famous and x1000 better. Millions of girls would be upset if they had to change their name, while no one would give a flying fuck if One Direction US had to change theirs. And why does it matter anyway? It's a fricken name, you don't see me suing every other girl named Tessa.

  7. 7

    Re: Tessa – It is because legally they have no right to the name One Direction.

  8. 8

    And if you remember Little Mix had to change their name during the competition because they were using another group's name.

  9. Erin says – reply to this


    Whether it is right or wrong for One Direction (UK) to be called that in the US is irrelevant. If One Direction (US) was smart they would change their name. They are an unsigned group that is slapping a $1 million dollar lawsuit on SyCo. If One Direction (US) wins this lawsuit, no label will sign them seeing as their target fan-base would be teenage girls. They would already be starting in the industry with over 3 million haters. If they ever want to get signed they might want to rethink this whole debacle.

  10. 10

    The US group is just full of assh*les just wanting some money, seeing that they probably picked the name knowing the UK group hadn't blown up in the United States yet.

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  14. Camilla1D says – reply to this


    Re: angieintenn – no, no and NO.
    One Direction is the 4/5 british band and 1/5 irish band.
    No one else is One Direction than them..
    The unknowns can change their name or just accept the facts that two groups has that name.