The Black Keys file two more 'soundalike' copyright infringement lawsuits

The Black Keys

The Black Keys have filed a lawsuit against two more companies for alleged use imitations of their music in advertising, after settling similar Pizza Hut and Home Depot cases in December.

The new lawsuit is against US casino company Pinnacle Entertainment, which bought a "fully licensed" imitation track from Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising, reports Billboard.

According to a case filed in New York federal court, the defendants have used imitations of The Black Keys' hit song, Howlin' for You, in advertisements.

The first commercial that used music allegedly “substantially similar" to the Black Keys song ran in September for Pinnacle's L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles.

A second commercial is then said to have run using "infringing music" for a second casino.

Two additional charges have been added to the case as the band is also is claiming the defendants have violated trademark law by suggesting (via their Twitter and YouTube page) a false designation of origin as well as making unfair competition for them.


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