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The Black Keys sing the copyright blues

The band filed copyright-infringement complaints against Home Depot and Pizza Hut for reproducing its music in commercials

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Garage rockers The Black Keys (a.k.a. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney) hit the big leagues with their latest album, El Camino, which has sold over 800,000 copies, so it’s only natural that ad companies would want to use their music. But they can’t do it for free. On June 21, the band filed copyright-infringement complaints against Home Depot, which the Keys claim reproduced ”Lonely Boy” for a commercial about Ryobi power tools, and Pizza Hut, which they say used a composition of ”Gold on the Ceiling.” A rep for Home Depot insists, ”Respect for intellectual property is something we take very seriously.”