New York, NY asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York

Q: I wrote music for a film and now the client is requesting money back because he doesn't like it. Is he allowed to?

I wrote the music for my clients film. I requested half the payment ($900) upfront and half when the project is completed. I nearly completed the project and sent the project to the client for approval before finalizing the music and he decided he did not like it anymore and he did not want me to continue working on the project; despite the fact that I wrote the music to the entire film. He is now trying to get the original downpayment back and has cancelled the payment on PayPal.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: An attorney who deals with contracts in the entertainment industry could advise best, but you await a response for three weeks. As a general matter, it would probably be difficult for any attorney to comment meaningfully without seeing the requirements of the contract. Additionally, contracts that involve artistic approval could often involve a higher level of review than something more straightforward, such as delivery of office supplies. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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