Wed April 11, 2012
Two Bands Bicker Over 'One Direction' Name
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
And I'm Audie Cornish. And this is One Direction.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL")
ONE DIRECTION: (Singing) If only you saw what I can see, you'll understand why I want you so desperately.
CORNISH: The latest boy band success story - five guys with cute hair, matching outfits with suspenders - and they're British to boot.
SIEGEL: They have topped the Billboard charts and been endorsed by one of the harshest critics in reality TV.
SIMON COWELL: You are the most exciting pop band in the country today.
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
SIEGEL: Simon Cowell.
COWELL: I'm being serious.
CORNISH: One Direction is, in fact, a creation of Simon Cowell on his British show "The X Factor." Now, they've come stateside.
SIEGEL: And not everyone in the U.S. is pleased with the arrival of One Direction. Namely, four guys in a California pop-rock group called One Direction.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAMING")
DIRECTION: (Singing) I love you. It's true.
SIEGEL: This One Direction has been around since 2009.
CORNISH: And this week, the band sued its British rival and the record label for trademark infringement.
SIEGEL: In a lawsuit filed earlier this week, attorneys for the American band claim the name causes, quote, "substantial confusion." One case in point: NBC's "Today Show" broadcast the faces of the British One Direction while playing the music of the American One Direction.
SIEGEL: The American band points out in a statement that it doesn't have the enormous resources of the British band, but it says: We have rights. We have talent, and we have heart. We are standing up for all of the above. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.