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©AP / Dan Auerbach
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Black Keys sue casino owner over commercial song

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Keys are remaining vigilant when it comes to sound-a-like songs.

The Nashville duo is suing Pinnacle Entertainment in New York federal court. Drummer Patrick Carney and singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach say the casino owner commissioned a song that sounds like their hit "Howlin' For You" for a commercial advertising two of its Louisiana properties. They are asking a judge for an injunction and compensation.

"The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement," the band said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press.

The Keys recently settled lawsuits against Pizza Hut and Home Depot over similar charges of copying the songs "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling." Terms of those settlements were not released.

The Keys are up for five trophies at next month's Grammy Awards and Auerbach also has been nominated for producer of the year.



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Jan 24, 2013 6:44PM
Nothing funny about lawsuits, but I do find humor in one thing. When they were starting out and trying to make it big, they licensed quite a bit of their songs. Then a little album called "Brothers" brought them mainstream super-stardom. Guess this is their way of saying, "we made it now; we're good." 
Jan 24, 2013 8:48AM

These boys need to mellow out. I write too and would consider it an honor to be copied. I would consider it a bigger honor to receive licensing money too. But litigation? Misery comes our way anyway. Why apply for it by involving bloodsucking lawyers?


Jan 24, 2013 8:47AM
Well then Gary Glitter should probably be suing them.
Jan 24, 2013 8:09AM
Still just sad that we live in a world that suing is the norm. If you looked at songs through history you will see that many sound like each other. You know there are only so many notes in the universe! Copyright was created to stop people from stealing others work, not for judges to make a subjective decision if a song sounds like another. Or as is in some cases, a part of the song sound like another! With copyright laws now extending to (something) like 75 years after the person dies. We will soon hit a point  where nothing new will be created because it will infringe on another's work!
Jan 24, 2013 12:06AM
Nashville?  These guys are from Akron, Ohio....not too much famous from there so don't take it away from the city, ok? Plus...they are a great group, glad they are keeping a vigilent eye on their music legacy.
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