The Black Keys; FL: Daniel Auerbach, Patrick Carney
The Black keys have sued Home Depot Inc. and Yum Brand Inc.’s Pizza over both companies unauthorized use of the rock duo’s songs during commercials.
Patrick Carney and Daniel Auerbach, who make up The Black Keys, have sued Home Depot for the unauthorized use of their song “Lonely Boy,” and also sued both Pizza Hut and its advertising company, Interpublic Group of Cos., over the use of “Gold on the Ceiling.” The duo filed both suits in separate filings yesterday in Los Angeles.
A lawyer for The Black Keys said in the complaints that the use of the songs was “a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs’ hard-earned success."
“We haven’t seen the complaint but we take intellectual property very seriously,” Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Home Depot, said in a telephone interview.
Request for comments from Chris Fuller, a spokesman for the Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands were referred to Pizza Hut’s ad firm, the Martin Agency, a subsidiary of Interpublic. Dean Jarrett of Richmond, Virginia-based Martin did not respond. Tom Cunningham, a spokesman for the New York-based Interpublic, also did not return requests for comments on the matter.
In the complaints, the band said that letters were sent to both Pizza Hut and Home Depot in May requesting that they stop showing the commercials that featured their music.
“Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling” are the first two singles off of The Black Keys newest release and seventh studio album, “El Camino,” which debuted back in December on Nonesuch Records, a division of Warner Music Group. The album has sold over 800,000 copies to date.