One Direction Facing Naming Lawsuit
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:50:16
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UK-based boy band may be forced to change their name, as another act claims it owns the name already and wants to be paid accordingly for the trademark violation.
The other, unfamous One Direction formed in 2009 and have stated that they registered the name with US Patent and Trademark Office a while ago.
The super famous One Direction are being slapped with a million dollar lawsuit.
The not famous, but rightfully named One Direction posted details of their decision to sue on their website. The post read as follows:
"To protect our rights, we reluctantly have filed a lawsuit. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to negotiate a reasonable compromise with the handlers for the band. They chose not to use a different name. They chose to press ahead, using the exact same name, One Direction, setting up the current difficulties and confusion in the United States."
They also wrote: "The British boy band is well funded and high profile. They have Mr Cowell's enormous resources behind them. We on the other hand do not. In our view, we were here first. We have rights. We have talent, and we have heart. We are standing up for all of the above. Not having money does not take away your rights or make you 'less than'."
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