The Black Keys Settle Pizza Hut, Home Depot Lawsuits

on November 28 2012 1:03 PM
The Black Keys
The duo recently settles lawsuits they filed against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot for using their songs in advertisements without permission.

The Black Keys have settled copyright infringement lawsuits they filed against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot.

Attorneys for the band informed a Los Angeles federal judge Monday that they had reached a settlement agreement with Pizza Hut; the settlement with The Home Depot was reached earlier this month, the AP reported.

The duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, sued both companies in June, claiming that Pizza Hut used their song "Gold on the Ceiling" and The Home Depot used their song "Lonely Boy” in commercials without their permission.

According to the BBC, the original court filings explained that the ads were "a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs' hard-earned success."

Music producer Danger Mouse, whose real name is Brian Burton, also sued the companies.

There is no information about the details of the settlements; neither Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for The Home Depot, nor representatives for Pizza Hut are immediatedly available for comment.

Attorneys will file formal dismissals by early January, court filings reveal.

Both songs are singles from the group’s 2011 album "El Camino," which has sold over one million copies since its release.

"Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling" both reached #1 on the Billboard alternative music chart.

The band also won two Grammy Awards in 2010 for their album “Brothers": Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the single “Tighten Up.”

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