An American group, also consisting of five boys, has claimed that they were using the name One Direction before the British hopefuls began using it on X Factor. The American band reportedly formed in 2009 and they have posted a message on their website to say that although they like their UK counterpart band, they have decided to take legal action:
“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 said they are not prepared to be ”pushed around,” by the UK group’s manger, Simon Cowell.
The California based rock band are suing the British and Irish X Factor band of the same name.
Dan O’Leary, who manages the US group, told The Sun newspaper:
”I don’t care how powerful Simon Cowell is. He’s mad if he thinks we’re going to lie down, sit down or back down over this – whatever power and money he has behind him.
‘There should be plenty of room for both bands to grow and thrive. We hope that this dispute will be resolved soon, and then all of us can focus on what we do best – making music.”
The UK and Irish boys had been enjoying enormous success in the US, topping the charts and playing to crowds of screaming fans, as well as enjoying some downtime on the beach, which allowed them to strip off and show off their impressive teen physiques. No doubt that will bring them even more fans.
But for now, though, their clothes are back on and they face a tough legal battle.
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