One Direction makes a name for Simon Cowell's boy band but may have to change it
A legal rep for the U.S. band says his clients filed an application for ownership of the name with U.S. trademark authorities and that Sony Music knew this before inaugurating their own version.
On Twitter, where these things are settled with hashtags, " One Direction USA" was quickly overtaken in the top trending terms by " UKOneDirectionIstheOriginal.
One fan boiled it down like this: "One Direction USA u aren't even famous so u should be the ones to change ur name. this argument is invalid."
Added another, "Dear One Direction USA,we don't hate you because you're famous. You're famous because we hate you. Sincerely One Direction UK & Directioners."