Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik of the British pop group One Direction (Photo …
It just doesn't make logical sense - if there's only One Direction, how can there be two?
That's the thinking of Simon Cowell, in response to the $1 million lawsuit against the British sensation One Direction from an American pop group of the same name. So his company, SyCo, is launching a counter-suit to effectively snuff out the battling band.
The U.S. 1D claim that they trademarked the moniker in 2009, a year before the Brits were discovered on "The X Factor," eventually clobbered the pop charts with their debut album "Up All Night" and the single "What Makes You Beautiful," and became "the first U.K. musical act to have a debut album enter the U.S. Billboard chart at No.1" - much better than the local band's album that sold "nicely" on iTunes. Now, they say, the confusion has not only taken their name but also their credibility among fans who confuse the two.
But Simon Cowell can't be bothered to change the name now that Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Louis are pop royalty - he's arguing the stronger Direction should prevail. SyCo says the Americans should re-check their timeline as accusing the British boys makes them "entitled to recover punitive damages."
Considering a single lock of Harry's curls would fetch close to $1 million on eBay, we're not sure why Cowell is getting in such a tizzy. We guess, boys will be boys.
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