Black Keys settle cases over music in commercials

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FILE - In a Dec. 10, 2011 file photo, Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys, performs at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Culver City, Calif. The band's attorney informed a federal judge on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, that it had settled a lawsuit with Pizza Hut over the alleged misuse of its music in a commercial. The Black Keys reached a settlement with The Home Depot over similar allegations earlier this month, court records show. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

LOS ANGELES: The Black Keys told a federal judge the band has settled copyright infringement lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot claiming misuse of their music in commercials.

The band alleged the song “Lonely Boy” was improperly used to sell power tools, and “Gold on the Ceiling” to sell pizza.

The Grammy-winning band sued in June and both companies denied copying the songs.

Attorneys for the band informed a federal judge in Los Angeles of the Pizza Hut settlement on Monday. The settlement agreement with The Home Depot was reached earlier this month.

No details of the settlements were included in court filings. Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for The Home Depot, didn’t have an immediate comment. Representatives for Pizza Hut and the band did not immediately return message seeking comment.

Attorneys expect to file formal dismissals by early January, the court filings state.

Both songs appeared on the rock group’s seventh album, “El Camino,” which was released last year and has sold nearly 840,000 copies.

The Black Keys are comprised of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Musician-producer Brian Burton, who is known as Danger Mouse, also sued the companies.

“Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling” both topped the Billboard alternative music chart after being released.

The Black Keys won two Grammy Awards in 2010 for music from their album “Brothers,” which won the Best Alternative Music Album award that year.


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