More than a year ago, I finished a lot of site specific commission work for a client. Stuff like a kitchen, flooring, wall paneling, bedroom and bathroom cabinets, staircase etc. The client was rather specific in what he wanted. He selected wood combinations, I was provided photos (downloaded from the Internet) showing specific design elements, the client made conceptual sketches.
The final aesthetic design of all these units was collaboration between us. I made dimensioned drawings and suggested various details, some of which was eventually incorporated. Dimensions, and design elements was discussed at length and finalized. I provided a number of sample sections and mock ups for clarification. Technical and structural design was completely my responsibility.
Towards the end of the project which stretched over a period of almost a year, our relationship turned sour on a personal level. This had nothing to do with the quality of the work which was all finished and paid for in full. My client’s partner repeatedly expressed satisfaction with the work.
I have added photos of some of this work to my portfolio on my website quite some time ago. Now, more than a year has gone by and I receive an Email from this client:
1. Demanding I immediately remove all photos of pieces and work commissioned by him.
2. Claiming it was built to his exclusive design. (??)
3. Demanding I respect applicable laws related to intellectual property. (??)
4. Threatening lawyer action if I do not comply.
I did not ask his authorization to publish any of these photos on the Internet. I don’t think I needed to. He makes a huge fuss about authorization from him.
What you think of all this? Thanks for your input LJ’s!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."