SiCo Sues One Direction US Over Naming Rights
Simon Cowell's record label countersues American band over rights to use name...
Back in April, One Direction US sued Cowell's label for $1 million in damages and demanded that the British band stopped using the name.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cowell’s label Syco and Sony Music Entertainment have now launched counterclaims that argue that the US band have "devised and perpetrated a scheme to exploit the goodwill" of their UK counterparts.
In the original claim, the American band said that by using the same name, the British band had caused confusion amongst fans and cited a segment on NBC's Today where music from the US group was played over footage of the British pop sensations.
They also point out that their album The Light was released on iTunes in February 2011 – more than 12 months before One Direction launched their debut Up All Night in the US.
In the counterclaim, Syco and Sony Music Entertainment argue that the British band would be more likely to miss out on revenue than the American group and say that YouTube videos of the UK band's appearances on The X Factor had been shown worldwide as early as September 2010.