One Direction (U.S.) Changes Name to Uncharted Shores
One Direction (U.S.) Changes Name to Uncharted Shores

The battle for One Direction is over. A California rock group with the same name as the U.K. version will now be known as Uncharted Shores, putting an end to a legal kerfuffle that sought damages from the "What Makes You Beautiful" quintet.

Both groups issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the amicable end of the trademark dispute. "All of the parties involved are pleased with the resolution and wish each other success," it reads.

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It was reported in April that One Direction (U.S) had filed a lawsuit against Syco, Simon Cowell's record label, and Sony that sought an injunction plus $1 million in damages from the U.K. group -- made up of Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan.

According to BBC News, Cowell's Syco later filed a counter-claim against the Californians.

The U.K. boy band was formed in 2010 from the hit show "The X Factor." The U.S. version says they've been around since November 2009. Both groups found themselves on the Billboard charts in late April, with one entry hitting No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and the other entering the Heatseekers Albums chart at No. 48.

One Direction will release their second album, "Up All Night," on Nov. 13 through Syco/Sony Music. Uncharted Shores' most recent album, titled Uncharted Shores, was independently released earlier this year.

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