UK boyband One Direction is being sued by an American band, also named One Direction, for ripping off their name!
The thing about this is that the US band One Direction is also a five-man boy band, the only problem is, the “other” One Direction are so not cute. Ehhhh, I don’t care if you named yourself first or created the words “one” and “direction” and etched them into the world’s first dictionary… if you aren’t cute, you aren’t happening. This according to the boy band handbook, of course.
US One Direction says they formed in 2009, well before the UK boybanders even knew each other, and the US band say they filed a trademark application for the name “One Direction” before the Brits did.
The American band is asking for a court order to require the UK One Direction to change their name!
What could the beloved little boys of UK One Direction change their name to? “NOT The Wanted,” “Almost like Bieber,” or “Dibs on the straight ones.”
The US One Direction is also suing Simon Cowell and Sony Music for more than $1 million in damages. It was Simon Cowell who formed the British band when they were all contestants on the X Factor.
UK’s One Direction has told TMZ, “British One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.”
Only time will tell how this will play out, but can One Direction ever be One Direction without that name? I’m referring to the cute ones, of course…those other guys, psh, who cares.