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    I have designed and maintained a website for a very popular
    rock n' roll band for about 6 years. They are very successful and
    were not when I started the designing. (they were in the top 10
    for many months in 2000-2001). Now they want me to surrender
    the passwords and such for the site for someone else to work
    on it and take it all away from me. (They already have the
    passwords for the domain name, but not the hosting and such). I
    think I deserve some sort of kill fee...maybe $10,000 (remember,
    they are millionaires). I have never had any sort of contract with
    them, but I have been paid regularly with no problems as a
    conditional employee and have paid taxes on all my earnings.
    What does everyone think? What should I do?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Senior Member Brak's Avatar
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    It's terribly unethical. It's ideas like that that give webmasters a bad name.

    Basically, you want to extort them because you have information that is legally theirs, but you'd like to claim it's yours.
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    Senior Member megablaz0r's Avatar
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    I don't think so - I had a similiar scenario that actually made it to court and it was awarded in my favor.

    With little warning or gratitude, it's people like that band that CAUSE webmasters to act in ways that give us bad names.

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    I don't see how the band could be asked to pay a 'kill fee'. They have paid for the work that has been done so far and as such they own the site and can administer it as they see fit. A gardener wouldn't charge a 'kill fee' if the garden's owner chose someone else to look after the plants - why is this different?

    As there is no maintenance contract and lulabelle isn't on a retainer then what does the band legally owe the designer? Not much.

    The fact that they have become millionaires has absolutely nothing to do with their website and it is wrong to even bring that up when talking about this.

    This does bring a bad name to web designers, if there's no maintenance contract then we are selling a product to a customer, once that product is supplied then the customer owes nothing more and it is bad practice to demand an arbitrary sum just because they won't be putting any more work your way (especially a sum based on the customers earnings from an unrelated source).

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    I didn't think about the no contract part - I *HAD* a contract.


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