Black Keys sue of use of songs in adverts

July 2012

Artistes, music publishing, record labels

The Black Keys have launched actions against both Pizza Hut and Home Depot, claiming the two companies have used their songs in adverts without permission. Pizza Hut and its ad agency are accused of using the song ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ without permission, while US DIY chain Home Depot is accused of using the band’s hit ‘Lonely Boy’. A lawyer for the Ohio duo say the two commercials were a “brazen and improper effort to capitalise on the plaintiffs’ hard-earned success”. They also claim that the band made both brands aware of the unlicensed use of their music last month, but as yet neither company has taken any action.

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