June 22, 2012


Black Keys Sue Pizza Hut, Home Depot Over Song Use in Ads

Jeff Kravitz
Jeff Kravitz

And the battle between rock bands and the advertising executives that (allegedly) steal or copy their music continues. Just a month after Beach House battled Volkswagen over usage of their song "Take Care," Bloomberg News reports that the Black Keys are now suing Home Depot and Pizza Hut's parent company, Yum! Brands Inc., for using songs from their album El Camino in commercials without permission.

In filings submitted in Los Angeles on Thursday, drummer Patrick Carney, guitarist-singer Daniel Auerbach and El Camino producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, allege that Home Depot used “Lonely Boy” in a power tools ad, while Pizza Hut used "Gold on the Ceiling" in a spot for Cheesy Bites. Usage of both songs were unauthorized, the band said.

“[This is] a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on plaintiffs’ hard-earned success,” lawyers for the Black Keys said in the complaints. 

“We haven’t seen the complaint but we take intellectual property very seriously,” Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Home Depot, told Bloomberg in a telephone interview. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Yum Brands referred a request for comment to Pizza Hut’s ad firm, the Martin Agency. No one was available for comment at press time, Bloomberg reports.

Um... do you smell that? Is that the smell of yet another person in the unemployment line? Also, for the record, Papa Johns is wayyyyyyy better than Pizza Hut anyways. Just sayin'.