If a client hired us to build custom software development but did not pay us for the last couple months, what can we do?

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If a client hired us to build custom software development but did not pay us for the last couple months, what can we do?

In case they don’t pay, who owns the source code?

Asked on May 19, 2015 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

1) Your recourse is to sue them for the money they owe you--that's how you recover money owed for work completed.

2) If the agreement between you and the client indicates that they only get the code on full payment, it would be yours. Otherwise, if you have already given to them, it is theirs if there is no written agreement giving you the right to it--but you can still sue them for the money they owe you.


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