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Black Keys settle with brands over ad song use

By | Published on Wednesday 28 November 2012

The Black Keys

The Black Keys have told a federal judge in the US that they have settled copyright disagreements with Pizza Hut and The Home Depot.

As previously reported, the Keys cried foul in June, accusing Pizza Hut and its ad agency of using their song ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ and US DIY chain Home Depot of featuring ‘Lonely Boy’ in an ad, both without permission. The brands and ad men denied the charges, but a lawyer working for the Ohio duo said the commercials were a “brazen and improper effort to capitalise on the plaintiffs’ hard-earned success”.

Details of the out of court settlements between the band and the two brands are not known, though it seems an agreement was reached with The Home Depot last month, while Pizza Hut settled on Monday. Having alerted the courts of the two developments, its thought that legal reps for the band will submit formal dismissal requests with the courts in early January.

Neither band nor brands have so far commented.


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