Can I compel a photographer to give us photos we paid him for?
We thought we had gotten our money's worth - except that he has refused to give us any printed or digital copies - for 9 months and counting. Suing for money is useless - the photos are priceless to us. I would like the authority to knock on the door with a policeman, and ask to copy the photos we have already paid for from his computer, and be gone. I could even bring my own photo printer, as we didn't pay for high res digital copies.
It is frustrating, because he clearly *has* the photos. He is essentially holding our property without permission. If he is strapped for cash, turning over what we already paid for would be a big incentive for us to give him more money for high res digital copies, more prints, etc. I just don't understand why he is doing this. I suspect there are personal problems behind it.
2 attorney answers
sure you can........a lawyer filing a motion in court for a preliminary injunction that the pictures be maintained should get to the bottom of this quickly.
That's frustrating! Yes this could be happening for one of several reasons, including, as you mention, reasons that may have nothing to do with you. Regardless, you guys entered into an agreement, and he should deliver. Since this is a civil matter, the police are not a viable option. But if you've already tried to go the photos yourself, you may have to escalate it to have a law firm make a formal demand. That may very possibly help resolve the issue, or it may need be escalated further to a lawsuit.
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