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I am a computer graphic designer working from myself. I

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Hi. I am a computer graphic designer working from myself. I design for the most part brochures for gala/fundraising dinners where local business put an ad and donate money. The brichure design is mine and i incorporate the various businesses ligos into an ad i design for them.
Over the years i do repeat businesses for the same organisations which allows me to reuse ad pages from previous years. Not having to redesign a page allows me to give a better price. One of my clients just informed me they want to use someone else and asked me to email them the design of last years book electronicly so that the new designer can use my ads. Aren't these designs mine? Its one thing for me to lose the vlient, but do i have to give them my designs on a plate so they save all the time doing actual design by themselves?
Submitted: 1 year ago via Cornell Legal Info Institute.
Category: Legal
Expert:  MIAMILAW1127 replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I am going to be assisting you with your question today.

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You are not legally obligated to provide the designs to the new designer. You would be doing it as a favor to your client if you did do it. The decision is entirely yours.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. But you are not writing WHY i do not need to give over the designs. You are not writing who is the owner etc. (Legal wording etc)
Expert:  MIAMILAW1127 replied 1 year ago.

The designs are yours. They belong to you as your work product. You are not obligated to produce your work product to another designer.

If you don't already have language to that effect in your contracts with your clients, you should add it in so that they are aware from the outset that you retain all rights to anything you design/create.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But they tell me, hey we paid you for your work and for printing the brochures, it belongs to us....what do i answer?
Expert:  MIAMILAW1127 replied 1 year ago.

They paid you for your time/services to create the brochures. You own the design though as that is your work product.