Black Keys Hit Bank With Copyright Suit Over Commercial

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The Black Keys filed a copyright infringement suit Tuesday in Tennessee claiming Valley National Bancorp and its ad agency used the blues rock duo's Grammy-winning song “Tighten Up” in a television commercial without permission.

The suit — brought by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the songwriters who make up the band — targets New Jersey's largest commercial bank and its New York-based ad agency, Della Femina/Rothschild/Jeary Partners. It seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions and monetary damages.

The Black Keys copyrighted “Tighten Up” in June 2010 through...
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Case Information

Case Title

Auerbach et al v. Femina et al

Case Number



Tennessee Middle

Nature of Suit



Aleta A. Trauger

Date Filed

May 31, 2011

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