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Black Keys settle cases over music in commercials

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Black Keys told a federal judge that they have settled copyright infringement lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot claiming misuse of their music in commercials.

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

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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. Representatives of the companies and the band did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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3Comments
Nov 27, 2012 9:59PM
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This was clearly about the money and rightly so.  The Black Keys are not against commercialization of their music as they have allowed commercials, TV shows and movies to use their music, but they deserve to get paid.  When the Pizza Hut commercial came on the first time, I really thought they had paid The Black Keys.  When I heard they stole the song, I thought it was a slam dunk case for the group...

Nov 27, 2012 6:26PM
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Those companies should be punished for those out right lies!!!! Shocking.

Nov 27, 2012 6:14PM
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HOw can they sit and deny when its right there on the friggin commercial.??!!!

 

Guess the a-wholes of the pizza butt advertising braintrust found out that the "Keys" are NOT just a couple of Nobodies. They BIG now bowazzzzz..Dey Big!

 

Get "El Camino" and fight the visions of greazy pizza and soon you be hooked to da music man

 

 

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