This is probably the most awkward question asked. What to do when a freelancer refuses to be paid?
Let's provide more details. I requested anyone with a video camera to record an event. I write the contract and send it to him. Days went by and he never signs the contract. Asked him so far about 10 times. The day of the event happens, and he records it.
I ask him to sign the contract and for his PayPal to pay for the service. Turns out he used no tripod so the video is all shakey. You can hear this constant mouning as if he has breathing problems, maybe asthma. 100% of all comments online about the video is about the sickening moan.
On top of that, he didn't have a video camera. He was using a photographic camera with video recording capability. So all the videos have a shutter sound because he decided to take photos while recording video.
He messed up big time and I let him know. Now he doesn't want to get paid. However, he sent me 2/4 of the videos. I already have some online. Alright, he made a terrible job, but the videos are online and he doesn't want to be paid nor sign the contract. By me, I'm fine if he refuses to be paid, but then there is the concern that I am not the owner of the videos or photos, because I have no contract and no payment receipts.
I definitely learned a sour lesson here:
- Search for a freelancer with plenty of time ahead of the event.
- If the person doesn't sign the contract within a prudent time, to search for another freelancer.
- Make sure the freelancer has a real video camera or cam, and not a photo camera. I really hate to deal with .MOV files too.