Pizza Hut, Home Depot deny copying Black Keys work

August 17, 2012 - 6:36 PM
Black Keys-Song Lawsuits

FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Attorneys for Pizza Hut and The Home Depot denied claims that two ads improperly copied their music. The Black Keys sued the companies in June, claiming the companies infringed their copyrights by using two of their hit songs to try to sell pizza and power tools. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys for Pizza Hut and The Home Depot are denying that a pair of ads improperly used music by The Black Keys.

The Grammy-winning band sued the companies in June, claiming they used the band's music to sell pizza and power tools. The companies separately denied the band's allegations in court documents filed Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles.

Each company is asking a judge to have the band pay their attorneys' fees if they win the case.

The Black Keys claim The Home Depot Inc. used elements of its hit "Lonely Boy" in an ad for power tools. The band accuses Pizza Hut Inc. of using elements of the song "Gold On the Ceiling" to sell a cheesy crust pizza.

Both songs appeared on the rock group's seventh album, "El Camino."