The Black Keys are suing two major corporations for misusing their tracks in advertising campaigns. CBS News reports today (June 25, 2012) that Pizza Hut and The Home Depot have both come under fire from the blues punk band. Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach (the members of Black Keys) have filed federal lawsuits for copyright infringement.
According to the report, The Home Depot did not have permission to use elements of their hit song 'Lonely Boy' and Pizza Hut misused their track 'Gold on the Ceiling' in their recent advertisement. A spokeswoman for the band, Mary Moyer, told the press "The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement." The court case will apparently seek unspecified damages of $75,000 a piece and the band is also seeking for the use of the songs to be discontinued in the companies' commercials. A spokesperson for Home Depot said "We haven't seen the complaint yet, but respect for intellectual property rights is a matter we take very seriously." Christopher Fuller, speaking on behalf of Pizza Hut, revealed that the company had not yet seen the case but stressed that they take matters of intellectual property very seriously.
The Black Keys are scheduled to begin work on a new album. Patrick, who drums for the band, told Rolling Stone recently "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. We don't know what's going on. After July, we'll be able to know how long it'll take."