Two and a half years ago I was contacted by a business
owner who occasionally has web site design jobs pop up. Not enough to hire someone full-time. Until a few months ago, I helped him those opportunities. I did somewhere between 12 and 15 sites for him.
We had a falling out, and I refused to do any more work for him. He asked for all the source files (Photoshop, Flash, HTML, etc.) I provided all the source code except for one site.
He and I never signed ANY type of agreement. We never had a discussion regarding assignment of rights or ownership of the work.
Now his attorney is contacting me and sent me this email:
You are correct that we are looking for the return of the source code.
Your obligations and potential liability to Red Level Network are clear regardless of whether you were an employee or independent contractor (in fact, your potential liability may be even greater).
The concern is with servicing the client, Sparkie's. At this point, there has not been a disruption and there is no stress.
If you fail to provide the source code and the client is harmed, you will understand "stress".
Please provide the source code immediately.