The Black Keys sue Pizza Hut, Home Depot
The Black Keys are suing Home Depot and Yum Brand Inc., the company that owns Pizza Hut, after the brands allegedly used their music in commercials without seeking permission.
Bloomberg reports that the blues rock duo of Patrick Carney and Daniel Auerbach as well as producer Danger Mouse have filed separate lawsuits in Los Angeles federal court, one against Pizza Hut and its advertising company, Interpublic Group, alleging that the song "Gold on the Ceiling" was used in a Cheesy Bites Pizza spot, and another against Home Depot over the apparent unauthorized use of "Lonely Boy" in a commercial for its Ryobi brand of power tools.
A lawyer for the band characterized the use as a "brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs’ hard-earned success" in the complaint.
A spokesperson for Home Depot said the company hasn't seen the complaint and Pizza Hut, its ad agency and parent company have not commented on the case.
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