Singer H.E.R. alongside DJ Camper, Justin Love and Sony Music Entertainment have finally settled a 2020 copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them over H.E.R.’s 2016 song “Focus”.
The $3million lawsuit filed last year in New York claimed that H.E.R. alongside the names listed above intentionally infringed upon Andre Sims’ original composition “Endless Minds” which was created in 2004, posted it on Instagram and YouTube in 2015, and registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office in January 2020 without first asking for permission.
The original claimed that, “To write and record ‘Focus,’ and ultimately to produce, perform, distribute and otherwise exploit ‘Focus,’ 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 essential compositional and other elements.”
In an Instagram live, Camper (real name Darhyl Camper Jr.) revealed that “Endless Minds” did inspire the melody of “Focus,” which he co-wrote with H.E.R. (real name Gabriella Wilson) and Love (real name Justin Anthony Barroso) and co-produced with H.E.R.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
“I’m happy we could reach a resolution, and would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers,” Sims said in an official statement. He’s represented by James L. Walker Jr. and Renorda Pryor. Walker, of the Atlanta-based law firm J. Walker and Associates LLP, previously sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment for interfering with their musical clients’ contractual relationships in 2005.
“At this point, we have nothing more to say then we are pleased to see the case resolved and settled. Now, all parties can move on with their lives,” Walker said. “Special thanks to all of the attorneys involved who worked tirelessly to close this matter out.”
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