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Singing the same tune: Pizza Hut, Home Depot both deny Black Keys claims

2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

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Musician Dan Auerbach of Black Keys performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

In documents filed this week in Los Angeles, attorneys for Pizza Hut and Home Depot separately denied accusations that music by The Black Keys was improperly used in ads to sell specialty pizzas and power tools.

The Grammy-winning blues-rockers that "never listen to Led Zeppelin" sued the companies in June regarding two tracks off the album, El Camino, claiming that Pizza Hut misused "Gold on the Ceiling" and Home Depot misused elements of "Lonely Boy." 

Both cases seek unspecified damages and an order to stop the continued use of the commercials. Each company is asking a judge to have the band pay their attorneys' fees if they win the case.






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Communication breakdown: The Black Keys sue Pizza Hut, Home Depot

2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Musician Dan Auerbach of Black Keys performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut and The Home Depot, claiming the corporations used elements of their music in advertisements without permission.

The song remain the same, say the "I never listen to Led Zeppelin" blues-rockers who filed lawsuits Thursday in Los Angeles federal court regarding two tracks off the group's most recent record, "El Camino."

Pizza Hut misused "Gold on the Ceiling" in an ad, says the filing, and Home Depot misused elements of "Lonely Boy" in a promo for power tools.

Both cases seek unspecified damages and an order to stop the continued use of the commercials.

Pizza Hut spokesman Christopher Fuller says the company has not yet seen the case, but fully respects artists' rights. He directed inquiries to the ad's creators. Home Depot did not immediately comment on the case.

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