The band are now at the end of their legal battle with Gerald Palmer. Thanks to your ongoing support they have achieved a great deal, including avoiding the potentially catastrophic loss of their trademark and publishing earlier this year!
Please CLICK HERE to watch Robert John Godfrey tell the story of our 5 year struggle.
The Ongoing Threat
Why the band still need your help.
Unfortunately, despite their successes they are in trouble once again. Max will attempt to explain what's happened this year:
"The legal system really was not on our side. We had two cases on the go, one for the back catalogue, the other for the publishing.
The first blow was earlier this year: Despite our Barrister maintaining that we had a good chance of winning, we lost against Palmer's application for "security of costs". This left us liable for all his costs so far (and and any future costs) were we to lose either case. So, faced with a bill into the 10s of thousands to proceed, the possibility that we might lose the case and that he might appeal even if we won (leading to yet more costs), we were left with no option but to discontinue the case for the back catalogue.
However, all was not lost as we'd regained control of our publishing; after a couple of years of legal wrangling at great expense to the band, Palmer was faced with a court appearance and finally had to admit defeat. He wrote to the MCPS and told them that he had, after all this time, made a "mistake" and that he never in fact owned the publishing in the first place; a result, but at a price.
Our Barrister maintained that, although Palmer had been awarded security for costs, it would be obvious to any judge that he had behaved unreasonably in the case of the publishing and that we should in fact be able recover our costs, and indeed not have to pay his. This all seemed very reasonable, so yet more cash was shoved in the direction of our Barrister. To cut a long story short, despite the judge agreeing that Palmer had indeed acted "unreasonably", we rather unexpectedly lost the case last week. (And, yes, we also had to pay his costs to defend the costs case!)
Maintaining that the judge's decision was unjust, our Barrister gave us the option of incurring another £5000 worth of costs to appeal the judge's decision, but with a fairly slim chance of winning. We decided enough was enough and this really had to end here and now. Justice, it seemed, had not been served and yet we had no choice but to accept defeat."
The whole sorry tale is now at an end and this is the last time the band will be asking for help to aid them in this legal affair. If they can't find the money, The Enid could be made bankrupt and could lose everything. They have already found a large portion of the funds needed, but cannot reach the target on our their own. However, with your help the band can see the brightest of futures ahead.
***Please CLICK HERE to visit the shop and help us reach our £20,000 target.***
The band have some really big plans for the future of The Enid, but none of them will come to fruition without your support.
The band ask that every single one of you head to our website and buy something - anything - as much or as little as you can spare. Collectively, if we all purchase just one item then we could draw a line under this whole matter once and for all.
Within the next 3 years there are plans to perform with an orchestra again, release more new music and RJG also plans to write his piano concerto. It would be such a waste if none of that were able to happen after all we've achieved so far.
The Ways You Can Help
CLICK HERE to pre-order Dust and listen to new music.
Ordering the new album now means that you also become a member of the "Dust Club". This entitles you to listen to the finished tracks ahead of the release officially set for April 1st 2016.
Each month the band will be uploading a new track for the Dust Club to stream. This week they have added the latest track, TROPHY.
After the first live performance of Dust two weeks ago, Trophy was an audience favourite. The song's content is also inspired by the band's experience in fighting Gerald Palmer, and how cruel the music business can be to artists.
CLICK HERE to order a brand new Dust T-Shirt.
Even if you already have everything else our shop has to offer, this is something you certainly won't have yet. By proudly wearing this new design you also help us to spread the word about The Enid. They say word of mouth is the most powerful way of sharing music!
Introduce The Enid to Your Friends this Christmas:
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When you discovered The Enid for the first time, there's a good chance that it was thanks to a friend's recommendation. One of the best ways you could help us expand our reach is by sharing our music with your friends, so why not consider leaving a CD or DVD under their tree this year?
CLICK HERE to join the Enidi and receive your free Enidi gift - a double album of unreleased live recordings.
The Enid has always been in the hands of its fans, and the Enidi acts as the band's very own private arts council. Everything the band have achieved artistically over the last 5 years has been a result of Enidi support, and a growth in memberships means they can be even more ambitious. The band have welcomed 600 members to the Enidi, and have calculated they need to reach 2,500 members to achieve their full potential and ultimate vision.
Make a Donation:
CLICK HERE to visit our website and make a donation.
Thank you for your support. The band are looking forward to very soon drawing a line under this and moving on to a productive and exciting future.