Well, I was in a good mood this morning until I read my email on my home account … a client I had done some 3-4 hours’ worth of graphics for decided that I ripped him off and wanted his money back. (Despite the fact that he LOVED the shit last night, and had already paid me for it.)
I’ll save you the messy details, the gist of it is that as the artist I am well within my rights to keep the money and tell him to fuck off. He was bound by an auction to contract me to do the work … up to 4 hours’ worth, at $25/hour. I only charged him for 3 hours of work.
Either he had buyer’s remorse hit him last night or this morning, or he’s a cheap bastard who tries to cheat his way into free stuff. I’m leaning towards the latter considering the fact that he has modified versions of copyrighted images on his website already — without consent of the artist I’m sure. He’s playing up the “I’m new and naive” act, but I ain’t buyin’.
Rather than argue with him and carry on about whether or not I owe him shit, I just gave him his money back and blocked him from all emails, IMs, and bids. However, I will be monitoring his sites … if I see *any* of my work appear, his ass is mine. I have every bit of work, transaction, and communication well documented and will press charges for violation of copyright.
I have two lawyers at my disposal, one on retainer and the other in the family … try me, motherfucker.