Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Black Keys sue Pizza Hut and Home Depot

The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot, alleging the companies used the rock duo’s songs in commercials without authorization.

Bloomberg reports Patrick Carney and Daniel Auerbach, known as The Black Keys, sued Home Depot for the unauthorized use of “Lonely Boy,” and sued Pizza Hut and its advertising company, Interpublic Group of Cos., over “Gold on the Ceiling,” in separate filings this week in federal court in Los Angeles.

The group said Pizza Hut and its ad agency created a commercial for a product called Cheesy Bites Pizza that “prominently features significant portions” of “Gold on the Ceiling.” Home Depot ran a commercial for its Ryobi brand of power tools that uses parts of “Lonely Boy,” the band said.

The use of the songs was “a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs’ hard-earned success,” lawyers for the Black Keys said in the complaints.

The band said in the lawsuits that letters were sent to Pizza Hut and Home Depot in May requesting that they stop showing the ads with the music.

Also suing the companies is co-writer Brian Burton, known professionally as Danger Mouse.

The plaintiffs asked for jury trials of the copyright-infringement suits.

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