One of the biggest acts today, UK boy group One Direction
, is being sued for trademark infringement by another One Direction
, a California-based pop-rock group.
Lawyers of US band are asking Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell's management, and Sony Music to stop using the name "One Direction" in all promotional materials. Plus, the band wants a share of the profits of the boy group.
The California band stated that they are entitled to three times the profits of the boys as well as compulsatory damages in excess of $1 million.
According to the lawsuit, Syco Entertainment and Sony Music "chose to ignore the plaintiff's rights and wilfully infringed them" after they realized in early 2011 that the two bands share the same name.
The lawsuit said the continued use by both bands of the same name was causing "substantial confusion and substantial damage" to the goodwill earned by the California group.
In 2010, the 5-piece British-Irish boyband One Direction has made waves in their country after being runner-ups on X-Factor UK. Their fast-rising popularity has quickly caught up in Australia and America, topping the Billboard charts for their debut album, "Up All Night". They currently have 4.2 million Facebook fans and 2.8 million followers on Twitter.
The US pop-rock band One Direction on the other hand has been using the name since 2009 and has recorded two albums. They have only filed and application to register their trademark name in the US just February 2011. The band has played at local fairs and bars in the state.
Report from Reuters.com