I am a freelance web designer, I had a client whom I had a website designed, we had a signed contract that depicts the amount, project dates, copyrights,payment details etc. (ill send the contract DL link if asked)
I had the site completed and they paid full. Then they required me to do the updates and additional pages for them, we transact via email regarding this.
Once finished I asked for the payment, then they acted strange - making false accusations against me like "sabotaging their website" which I did not do and the IP Logs and the 3rd party Web hosting company also can prove. When ever the website is down I get harsh SMS, insults and threats of them going to NBI. I always emailed them back and talk to them respectfully (i have the email records), telling them what went wrong and giving solutions and saying its beyond my control since I am not the web hosting. I even forward them the server-down notifications.
But it came to the point when I feel that they are hostaging their payments to me by doing that. Its been 2 months I still haven't got paid.
I reminded them that they are the one who owes payment, not me. And why are they so hesitant to file charges against me without even a solid proof. I am the one who's being taken advantage of, I am the one being patient waiting to get paid.
They demanded the full ownership and copyright of the website and the entire content or I won't get paid, which I read is not possible and I informed them this - IPL PART IV
THE LAW ON COPYRIGHT CHAPTER VI
OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHT
SEC. 178.4 Rules on Copyright Ownership
and the scripts I used are all under Creative Commons Copyright Attribution 3.0 Philippines (CC BY 3.0),
Yesterday they texted that they will settle the payment. Its odd because its not the usual place we go to a meeting, I have watched dozens of Crime reality shows and CSI that I notice its a sort of s set-up place.
I emailed them that I'll send them a draft of the documents they needed to sign from me (project clearances) and they must send the documents they prepared for me to sign before settling in a table. But until now I haven't got any.
How do I do this? I have a family to feed. They are holding their payment until I sign what they want me. And they want to ruin my 10 year clean reputation too.. Please advice and help, the stress alone already taken the toll on my health.
Salamat po ng marami