Help support our writers and receive exclusive benefits.

One Direction, the British/Irish band of X Factor U.K.-fame, is apparently not the only band out there with that name. A U.S. pop group has been selling music under the name since 2011, and they’re suing.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. band has slapped Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Entertainment, and Sony Music with a “$1 million lawsuit that says that 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.”

The American One Direction has been selling music on iTunes since February 2011, and the band’s music video for the song “2012” has garnered more than 100,000 views on Youtube.

The U.S. band’s attorney Peter Ross claims that One Direction (U.K.) was made aware of the name conflict when it tried to apply with the U.S. Trademark Office.

“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,” Ross says.

No comment yet from Cowell or Sony Music.

Should One Direction (U.K.) have to change its name?

Thanks to SnapeScape for the tip.

The News
The Podcasts

Hype is our flagship podcast talking all things fandom

Episode #145 – Spoiler Love

Selina’s off this week, but never fear, Hype Podcast fans! Pam and Marama are here to breakdown all of the latest entertainment news. 13 Reasons Why, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel’s The Defenders, and much more are discussed on this week’s episode of Hype Podcast.

May 14, 2017
The Reviews