The band The Black Keys recently settled its lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot, which the band alleges were using The Black Key's songs in advertisements without paying for them. As you can guess, if that were true, it would be a merchandising and licensing issue.
On Monday, The Black Keys told a Los Angeles judge that the band no longer wanted to pursue their copyright-infringement suits against the companies.
None of the parties have commented on the settlement.
The Black Keys had claimed that Pizza Hut and Home Depot were using knockoffs of "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling" in their advertisements.
Interestingly enough, in an interview, one band member said that when other members do commercial work outside of the band, creative directors will sometimes tell them to "sound like The Black Keys" without realizing the musicians are actually in The Black Keys.
"A lot of music supervisors that I'm friends with are like, 'You're the No. 1 requested band right now by advertising agencies to have sound-alikes," said Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.
Lawsuits like this are worth noting because they present example of artists taking direct action to protect their work. We often work with clients who have strong feelings for their artistic products and do not appreciate what they see asuses that infringe upon their rights.
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Source: The Los Angeles Times, "Black Keys settle lawsuits with Pizza Hut, Home Depot," August Brown, Nov. 28, 2012