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The Black Keys filed a suit against both Home Depot and Pizza Hut’s parent company, Yum! Brands Inc. for unauthorized use of their songs in commercials.
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney filed separate lawsuits Thursday. They allege that Home Depot used their song ‘Lonely Boy’ without permission, while Pizza Hut did the same with ‘Gold on the Ceiling.’ Both songs are from their album El Camino.
The use of the songs was “a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs’ hard-earned success,” the band’s lawyers stated.
Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse, is a co-producer and co-writer on the album. He filed a separate lawsuit against both companies.
“We haven’t seen the complaint but we take intellectual property very seriously,” Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said.
The band is reportedly set to begin work on their next album in July.
"We don't know when we'll be done but we're starting it in July. We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much, but we'll see," Carney said. "We don't know what's going on. After July, we'll be able to know how long it'll take."
The Black Keys are also set to go on tour this summer.
Among their scheduled stops are New York, Chicago, Sweden and Norway.