The Black Keys Accuse Two More Companies of Ripping Off Their Music

The Black Keys Accuse Two More Companies of Ripping Off Their Music

the-black-keysRemember when the Black Keys sued Home Depot and Pizza Hut for stealing their music for some commercials? Well, while that whole thing was settled last year, the blues duo has their sights set on some new litigation. They have sued a casino company (Pinnacle Entertainment) and advertising agency (Manhattan Production Music) for jacking their song “Howlin’ for You”.

Unfortunately, the two advertisements in question have been taken down from YouTube so we can’t do a comparison for y’all. But, the Black Keys state that one commercial has “substantially similar” music to “Howlin’ for You” while the other has “infringing music.” The Hollywood Reporter states that a tweet from Pinnacle went out with the statement, “We bought a licensed musical interpretation of the song,” but said tweet no longer exists. [via]


  1. Geoff El Terich
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 15:33:00

    like when George Harrison was sued for My Sweet Lord because a judge said it sounded too much like He’s So Fine. The judge actually said that Harrison had probably heard it at some point and subconsciously used the same chord progression. So now we can sue for subconscious actions!

  2. Geoff El Terich
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 15:31:00

    judging by the amount of commercials/movies/shows that have used songs from El Camino, it seems that all these companies had to do was ask for permission. I guess that would take a little more money and respect though…

  3. Zach Moldof
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:04:00

    see, this is one realm of our legal system that is still in the fuckin dark ages. If Black Keys make a hugely popular song, but Pinnacle can’t license it, they’re totally allowed to go hire someone to create something similar.However, how similar is too similar is left to be decided by a judge. A judge who probably never played an instrument, or made a piece of music.

    What we listen to teaches us how to listen, and influences our ideas of sound, music, and musicianship.

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