Hello to all here is my burning question: I came from Europe with all my equipment and worked for 3 months for a client. Prior to my coming there I send my terms for working and the agreed price and no complicated contract, just saying that a down payment will be needed of 30% and that food and lodging, airplane ticket and expensive s as such is not included on the price we agreed.
Now until today the client did not pay me anything and they claim I must hand over all RAW footage to them. I don't know about the USA federal law but here in Europe the video maker and in my case also photos in raw is the owner before a agreement for handing off is made.
During my stay there one of my camera's a ProHD JVC went broken the fire-wire board needs to be replaced and it will cost me over $1K
And I am more than willing to give them all the footage, including audio and photos in the case they pay. I think I am in my right.