Pizza Hut and Home Depot deny Black Keys song theft

By | Published on Monday 20 August 2012

The Black Keys

Both Pizza Hut and The Home Depot in the US have denied using Black Keys songs in their adverts without permission. Both were sued by the American rock duo in June.

The Keys accused Pizza Hut and its ad agency of using the song ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ without permission, while US DIY chain Home Depot was accused of using the band’s hit ‘Lonely Boy’. When the band filed their lawsuit, a legal rep told reporters that the offending ads were a “brazen and improper effort to capitalise on the plaintiffs’ hard-earned success”.

But in separate court filings in LA last week, both the Hut and the Depot denied any wrongdoing. According to Billboard, both also asked the judge to rule that if the band’s lawsuits fail that they should cover the defendants’ legal costs.