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Black Keys Sue Pizza Hut, Home Depot Over Song Use

Band claims they used songs in ads without permission

The Black Keys perform in Manchester, Tennessee.
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June 22, 2012 1:00 PM ET

The Black Keys have filed lawsuits against Home Depot and Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Pizza Hut, over unauthorized use of their songs in commercials, reports Bloomberg. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, along with producer Danger Mouse, submitted separate filings in Los Angeles on June 21st, alleging Home Depot used "Lonely Boy" and Pizza Hut used "Gold on the Ceiling" without permission. The lawsuits state "Lonely Boy" was used in a power tools bit for Home Depot, while "Gold on the Ceiling" was reportedly featured in a Cheesy Bites pizza ad for Pizza Hut.

Carney recently spoke with Rolling Stone, revealing the band is going back into the studio in July for the follow-up to El Camino. "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," he said. "We don't know what's going on. After July, we'll be able to know how long it'll take."

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