Ad creators: using artists’ music without permission is a no-no. Sounding too much like a specific song/artist can also cost you money.
That’s the basis for the case against Home Depot and Pizza Hut, using music that sounded too much like the Black Keys’ tunes ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Gold on the Ceiling’. The LA Times reports Patrick Carney, Dan Aurbach and producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, filed copyright infringement suits against the companies in June, and while both companies denied the accusations, they still settled out-of-court with the details sealed. Settling the case is not an admission of guilt.
Times pop music critic Randall Roberts asked drummer Patrick Carney about their wide-ranging commercial licenses, and how their successful sound has led to knock-off commercial tunes:
“It’s common, and the thing is, a lot of our friends — even John [Wood] and Gus [Seyffert], our buddies who play keyboards and bass with us — they’re both super-talented musicians, they do a lot of session work . . . they were getting requests from music supervisors asking for songs that sound like the Black Keys without the supervisors even knowing that they were in the band,” Carney said.
“And [John and Gus] kept going off, because 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.’
“There’s this one song called ‘Howler,’ which is made by a music supervision firm — a jingle house, basically. It’s called ‘Howler,’ and it’s just ‘Howlin’ for You’ verbatim,” Carney added.
source: LA Times