Black Keys Rock Duo Sues Pizza Hut, Home Depot Over Songs
By Don Jeffrey – Jun 22, 2012 10:03 AM ET
The Black Keys sued Home Depot Inc. (HD) and Yum Brands Inc.’s Pizza Hut, alleging the companies used the rock duo’s songs in commercials without authorization,
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 ad agency, Interpublic Group of Cos., over “Gold on the Ceiling,” in separate filings yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles.
The group said Pizza Hut and its agency created an ad for 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.
Also suing the companies is co-writer Brian Burton, known professionally as Danger Mouse. The group asked for jury trials of the copyright-infringement suits.
The case are Auerbach v. Pizza Hut, 12-05385, and Auerbach v. the Home Depot, 2:12-cv-05386, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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