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BLACK KEYS SUE PIZZA HUT AND HOME DEPOT OVER MISUSE OF SONGS
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6/26/2012

The Black Keys have launched copyright infringement lawsuits against Home Depot and Pizza Hut. according to the Associated Press. The duo filed federal lawsuits late last week against both corporations, claiming that Home Depot did not have permission to use elements of their song "Lonely Boy" in an ad for power tools, while also alleging that Pizza Hut misused their latest single, "Gold On The Ceiling," in a recent commercial.Both tracks appear on the band's latest and most successful album, 2011's El Camino.While the Black Keys have sold their songs for use in a number of ads, movie trailers and TV spots, frontman Dan Auerbach told us that the duo don't accept every offer that comes their way: "I mean, we still say no to certain companies, you know. If a company sucks, we'll say no to it. But for the most part, we allow companies and movies and stuff like that to use our music. We only feel like we benefit from it." A band spokesperson said that "experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement." The cases seek unspecified damages of more than $75,000 apiece and an order preventing the continued use of the songs in the commercials.Spokespersons for Home Depot and Pizza hut said that the companies had not seen the lawsuits yet, but that both respected intellectual property rights. Spokesperson for the agencies that created the ads had no comment.The Black Keys will play the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware from July 20th to the 22nd, followed by the Catalpa Festival in New York on July 28th, Lollapalooza on August 3rd and a handful of Canadian dates before heading to Europe.


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