One Direction lawsuit launched

The new British boy band One Direction (pictured at left), which was formed on the UK version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, has taken the music world by storm with their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful.” The song set a Sony Music Entertainment pre-order record and debuted in the top spot on the UK Singles Chart, as well as hitting the top 10 on Irish, Scottish, Australian and New Zealand singles charts, plus the Canadian Hot 100. In the U.S., it was the highest Billboard Hot 100 debut for a UK artist since 1998, debuting at 28 and peaking at number nine. But despite their incredible success, there’s one group that isn’t too impressed. An American band that goes by the same name is suing Sony Music and Cowell’s record label, Syco Entertainment, for $1 million in damages because their name was ripped off, which they claim has affected their credibility. They’re also asking for a share of the British group’s profits. The American group has filed papers with the California Central District Court to order the UK group to immediately change its name, especially because the U.S. group filed a trademark application for the name first. Neither Cowell or Sony have commented on the lawsuit.

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  1. Eagleye • April 12, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    This US group should just take the money and disappear. Their careers as the “real” one direction is pretty much already over. Might as well make a buck and move on

  2. lkjh • April 12, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

    The American was formed after the UK one. But One Direction made it big after the American one was formed.

  3. TheTruth • April 12, 2012 @ 7:08 PM

    Pretty sure they will get a settlement, too much money to be made to really waste time on this little amount for Cowell and company. Percentage from the UK band’s profit though… keep dreaming.

  4. martha • April 12, 2012 @ 9:20 PM

    their just teenagers trying to do it big in the uk.why sue while their making hits.if your sueing just because of the name think about the pros and not the cons.the good thing is the name will bring both one direction bands noticed and will download songs.america would hate for one direction to be sued.they want to succed not be failure.posting negative comments is not right.yes your speaking your mind but going to eplict about the whole one direction band.to be honest yes im a fan and so is my friend but it shouldn’t be right to sue the band just for the name.

  5. martha • April 12, 2012 @ 9:27 PM

    do you know what your doing to one direction.No i dont think so cause you want to riun their carreers.it’s getting me mad and i will fight for this band…….yall aint got nothin to say now do ya …….punk….lol…..yolo

  6. Olive • April 13, 2012 @ 12:18 AM

    Publicity stunt n the orignal 1Ds behalf. Really? Noone knows who the hell you guys are, and now all of a sudden you decide to derail a cute british/irish boy bands dreams of making it big in the world by wanting their profits and changing their name? Just dont. Your gonna ruin a bunch of teenage girls dreams if this happens, since they all of One Direction infection. Changing their name and sueing Cowell is pointless and stupid since noone knows who you are. Just, stop it.

  7. Olive • April 13, 2012 @ 12:18 AM

    Publicity stunt n the orignal 1Ds behalf. Really? Noone knows who the hell you guys are, and now all of a sudden you decide to derail a cute british/irish boy bands dreams of making it big in the world by wanting their profits and changing their name? Just dont. Your gonna ruin a bunch of teenage girls dreams if this happens, since they all of One Direction infection. Changing their name and sueing Cowell is pointless and stupid since noone knows who you are. Just, stop it.

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