Greetings! A long-term client and my primary source of income decided to end their agreement with me today as an independent contractor in favor of hiring a local in-house marketing person.
As I look to this coming to a close, I am considering how to handle the hundreds of files I’ve created for them over the years. I imagine they will want the originals of all their files I created that they currently use. These are mostly layouts in illustrator for things like regular ad designs, fliers and email marketing highlights.
We have nothing formal in our agreement about who owns the rights to these things. In the spirit of having this be an amicable, fair and equitable ending, I am curious - what would you do? Hand it all over? Charge them for original files? Something in between?
I don’t have any experience with situations like this and would appreciate any wisdom from the group. From what I’ve read it sounds like I have the copyright on these things. But in earnest, if it’s a grey area, I am not interested in setting up a situation that could be settled in court.
What do you think or what is your experience? Thanks for any helpful experience and support!