One Direction wins band name dispute vs US band with the same name

By on Sep 5, 2012 in Entertainment, Europe, Music, United States Comments

British boy band One Direction (1D) recently won the legal battle against a US band with the same name, after it was agreed that the former X Factor UK finalists will still use their band name, and that the US group will be the one to change their name.

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According to BBC News on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, One Direction US will now be known as Uncharted Shores, while the UK group will remain as One Direction. Both groups were happy with the settlement and even issued a press release announcing the change of the American band’s name.

As noted in the report, the American group said that they had received death threats and hate mails from the UK group’s fans. The details on how the two groups arrived in the agreement were not specified, with Uncharted Shores suing One Direction last April, claiming that they are the first to have used that name.

The American band, which earlier recorded an album under the name of One Direction, sued the UK band last April and asked for $1 million in damages and as well as royalty shares from the phenomenal success of the British boy group. Syco, Simon Cowell‘s entertainment company, reportedly filed a counter lawsuit last June.

One Direction, which is composed of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, auditioned as solo contestants at X Factor UK back in 2010. They were put together to form a five-piece boy band after a suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, and eventually won as third place in that competition.

After the huge success of their first studio album “Up All Night” in 2011 in UK and in the US, 1D announced last week that their second album will be called “Take Me Home,” and will be released on November 9, 2012. Its first single titled “Live While We’re Young” to be out this coming September 30.

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