Black Keys Say Casino Giant Ripped Off Song For Ads

Law360, New York (January 18, 2013, 4:42 PM EST) -- The Black Keys slapped a major casino operator with copyright infringement claims in New York federal court on Thursday over commercials promoting two Louisiana resorts that allegedly use slightly altered versions of the rock duo’s hit song “Howlin’ For You.”

Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., which owns and operates seven casinos throughout Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana, has blatantly and purposefully traded off the Grammy Award-winning band’s popularity by releasing commercial advertisements that feature “significant portions” of the song without authorization, according to the complaint.

The spots...
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