Just interested to know, once you have finished a project eg, brochure design, business card design, logo design. Apart from a print ready PDF or similar do you hand over the source files eg, .AI .PSD etc?
I believe that once paid for it is property of the client. I'm talking from a designers point of view though. I'm sure it is probably very different for a web designer who may have developed a piece of script for example that runs on a clients website. Unless that client has paid for that script to be developed I wouldn't imagine that client would be allowed to use it on other websites.
Until a client has paid for a job I send out watermarked, low resolution flattened PDF's or Jpegs.
Hmm. Fair point there - I don't mention it but no client has ever complained. As I mentioned, it's industry standard practice. Not many ask for source files anyway; probably in the region of six or so in the last five years!
I hand over just the PDF usually, but that's the same as the source file anyway - if you open a PDF in illustrator, you get the vector just the same as if you opened EPS or AI or something. I let them have an editable PDF you see....a vector one.
If they asked for AI I'd hand it over happily - my customers pay for copyright of everything I do so yes they get the source files for all work.