One Direction is taking ownership over its name. The British boy band has won legal action against a California punk rock band staking claim to the name One Direction. The U.S. band claimed they had come up with the name back in 2009, filing suit against the U.K. “X-Factor” finalists in April for one-million-dollars. The lawsuit also demanded that the British superstars change their name. According to the MTV.com, “X-Factor” creator Simon Cowell filed a countersuit saying the British One Direction formed their band well before their “X-Factor” appearance. The case was settled in their favor and the California group now goes by the name “Uncharted Shores.”
With the lawsuit behind them, “One Direction” can continue in the direction they’re used to — up. The group is nominated for both Best Newcomer and Best Pop Video for their single “What Makes You Beautiful” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday. The band will also take the stage for their first appearance at the VMAs. Additionally, the fab five drop their latest single “Live While We’re Young” on October 1st.