Strategic Creations Complaint - Theft of intellectual property

Review by rachelcampbell2001us4 on 2011-07-21
I was hired as a consultant for Strategic Creations and then was asked to design the website (strategiccreations.org). The work was done on time and the website launched. I submitted an invoice on March 29, 2011 and the owner of the company has refused to pay me. This amounts to theft of intellectual property. I sent the bill to a collection agency but so far nothing has happened. I invite you to go to the website and see for yourself. Everything on it was designed by me, from the narrative to the images, to the price list; I even helped the computer technician with the final layout. In addition, because the owner and I are colleagues (and I thought friends) I gave her a steep discount; normally I charge about $40 an hour. In this case I only charged $20 an hour and billed the company for 40 hours instead of 85. Evidently this was not enough of a discount; the owner does not want to pay me anything. I think consumers should think twice about doing business with such an unscrupulous individual.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-07-21
Posted by Josh on 2011-07-21:
Consult a lawyer. Since it may go that far, you may be able to get paid your normal rate and for how many hours you worked.
Posted by jonthethird on 2011-07-21:
Perhaps the owner just does not have the money.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-07-21:
have the money or not...makes no difference..sell something to pay what ya owe.
I'm with steve..get a lawyer
Posted by Skye on 2011-07-21:
What does your contract say about payment?

Take them to small claims court.
Posted by Anna Molly on 2011-07-21:
I hope that there IS a contract. I learned a long time ago not to do any web work, or, any pc work for "friends", or even family.

BTW, the site is offline right now.

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