Black Keys to casino owner: Don't steal our song

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musicians Patrick Carney (L) and Dan Auerbach of Black Keys perform onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) Kevin Winter

The members of the Black Keys are remaining vigilant when it comes to sound-a-like songs.

The Nashville duo is suing Pinnacle Entertainment in New York federal court. Drummer Patrick Carney and singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach say the casino owner commissioned a song that sounds like their hit "Howlin' For You" for a commercial advertising two of its Louisiana properties. They are asking a judge for an injunction and compensation.

"The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement," the band said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press.

The Keys recently settled lawsuits against Pizza Hut and Home Depot over similar charges of copying the songs "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling." Terms of those settlements were not released.

The Keys will be up for five trophies at next month's Grammy Awards, including album of the year, and Auerbach also has been nominated for producer of the year. The duo will play the Grammys next month, as well as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May.

A new album is expected by the end of the year.


  • CBS News Staff

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