The Black Keys, a popular alternative rock group, is suing both Home Depot and Pizza Hut for allegedly using parts of the band’s songs during TV commercials, Bloomberg News reported.
Black Keys musicians Patrick Carney and Daniel Auerbach, along with writer Brian Burton, claim that Home Depot used parts of its hit single “Lonely Boy” during a commercial for Ryobi brand tools. Pizza Hut, the lawsuit said, created a commercial for its “Cheesy Bites” pizza that featured “significant portions” of the song “Gold on the Ceiling,” Neither company was authorized to use the band’s music, according to the lawsuit.
Separate complaints were filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bloomberg reported. The plaintiffs asked for jury trials of the copyright-infringement suits.
Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot, told Home Channel News: "We're reviewing the complaint, but I can assure you that respect for intellectual property is something we take very seriously.”