‘The X Factor’ UK: One Direction settles lawsuit with band of same name

Good news for the boys of One Direction: they will continue to go by the name that was coined for them on “The X Factor” in the United Kingdom back in 2010.

If you may recall from earlier this year, the band was sued by an American group who claimed that they were releasing music under the name long before the group was formed on the ITV series, and they demanded that One Direction either change their name or pay them some sort of damages. Now, British paper the Independent is reporting that the two parties have indeed reached the settlement, and it appears to be one with a happy ending for all parties involved here. Harry Styles and company can continue to use the One Direction name around the world, and the other One Direction is now going to be going by the name of Uncharted Shores, which is the name of one of their albums.

In the end, this is an outcome that just about everyone saw coming given the popularity of Simon Cowell’s One Direction around the globe; they had the money to settle, and we knew that there would be no way in a million years that they would ever want to lose the name that people have come to know them by. It’s not, however, the only time that an “X Factor” band has faced this sort of naming issue. During the show last year, a conflict with a children’s charity caused Rhythmix to change their name to Little Mix, and this seems to have even worked out in their favor.

Are you glad this is over already, and did you really anticipate there being any other outcome to it at all? If you want to check out the latest album cover from One Direction, you can do so simply by heading on over to the link here.

Photo: ITV

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