A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought against HER, as well as DJ Camper, Justin Love and Sony Music Entertainment, over the 2016 song “Focus”.
First filed in June 2020, the lawsuit alleged that “Focus”, taken from HER’s 2017 eponymous LP, intentionally violated Andre Sims’ original line-up “Endless Minds” without consent or compensation.
Sims, who has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, created the song in 2004, posted it to Instagram and YouTube in 2015, and registered it with the US Copyright Office in January 2020.
According to BillboardCamper (real name Darhyl Camper Jr.) said in an Instagram Live video that the Sims’ ‘Endless Minds’ inspired the tune for’ Focus’, which he co-wrote with HER (real name Gabriella Wilson) and Love (real name Justin Anthony Barroso) and co-produced with HER
Sims initially filed a $ 3 million lawsuit that accused the trio and the Sony track’s distributor of copyright infringement and sought an injunction and monetary compensation.
The original complaint alleged that “in order to write and record ‘Focus’, and ultimately produce, perform, distribute and otherwise exploit ‘Focus’, the defendants [H.E.R., Camper, Love and Sony] copied ‘Endless Minds’, to which they had prior access, resulting in the song ‘Focus’, which is so similar to ‘Endless Minds’ that the ordinary observer could easily determine that the songs sound the same in their essentials composition and others. “
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
“I’m glad we were able to come to a resolution and I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers,” said Sims, represented by James L. Walker Jr. and Renorda Pryor of the J. Walker and Associates based in Atlanta. LLP, said in an official statement.
Walker Jr. added, âAt this point we have nothing more to say, so we are delighted to see the matter resolved and settled. Now all parties can go on with their lives. Special thanks to all the lawyers involved who worked tirelessly to bring this case to a close. “
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