British boy group One Direction has just been sued by a California-based rock band for copyright infringement. US 1D claims that they’ve been using the name since 2009 and in a nutshell: they want something for that. They’re asking for 1 million in damages and a cut out of the band’s profits. They also want Brit 1D to change their name.
Before I go on, let me just say now that I’m a fan of these guys. But to avoid any form of bias on my part, I’d like to approach my analysis of this situation in a non-emotional, non-fangirl manner, and I hope my point-by-point analysis will disprove whatever bias people plan to throw against me.
*Why is it that they’ve only emerged now?
Brit 1D has been alive since 2010, and during their duration on X Factor, they’ve probably released a few in-show singles then, right? So why is it that this Cali-based band only decided to sue now, when One Direction UK has become a worldwide sensation? Are they intentionally trying to make themselves look bad?
*Why is it that they feel as though they’re entitled to three times the profit made by the band?
(claim clipped from a news article online)
Let’s face it: Brit 1D did not become famous because of their name. They became famous because of their singles, their live performances and their Brit good looks. They didn’t make this money because of their name, and fans don’t remember them solely because of their name, so what right does US 1D have in saying that they’re entitled to the profit that the band made? As far as profits from music go, they deserve nothing.
*Specifics, please! How can US 1D claim that Mr. Cowell’s record label ‘realized’ that both US and UK groups had the same name and blatantly ignored the said request?
They need to specify this. They need to. Because the label under UK 1D could probably have no idea about California 1D even existing (I know I don’t). They need to back up a claim like this with concrete claims that can prove Sony-Syco knew of their existence.
*Why have they included the members of the band in their suit?
Unless Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were directly involved in conceptualizing the name ‘One Direction’, they have absolutely no fault in the matter, and should not at all have been included.
*According to the article of BBC UK, the Cali 1D claims that they’re suffering ‘substantial confusion and substantial damage’ because of UK 1D? Is it because their British counterparts have made chart history in the US, in the same way that the Beatles did back in the 60’s?
Again, specifics. That’s all I ask.
Anyways, that’s about it. Thank you, WordPress, for satisfying my verbal cravings and letting me vent. >:D<