Copyright infringement lawsuit settled over H.E.R.’s song ‘Focus’
Written by Vibe Houston Staff on August 22, 2021
The copyright infringement lawsuit against Grammy award- winning artist Gabriella Wilson (H.E.R), songwriter Justin Love and DJ Camper has been settled.
In June 2020, Andre Sims, a well known songwriter and piano maestro, filed allegations against the trio after DJ Camper used Sims’ instrumental composition “Endless Minds” as part of the musical bed for the 2016 song, “Focus,” recorded by H.E.R.
Specific details of the settlement have not been made public, but Sims originally filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement, injunctive relief, accounting of all monies made, and for the defendants to create a constructive trust to hold royalties.
“I’m happy we could reach a resolution, and would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers,” said Sims, who’s played with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Donnie McClurkin.
“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,” said James L. Walker, Sims’ attorney.
“Focus” secured H.E.R. her first-ever No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart when it topped the Adult R&B Airplay tally the same year.
“Focus” was nominated for the Ashford & Simpson’s songwriters award at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards, and was nominated for best R&B song at the 2019 Grammy Awards.