Was hired to shoot and post running event race photos to client's Facebook site. Several albums were created, approx 100 pics per album. Also added graphics and/or photos to 4 "event notices" that were created by both me and client. The site's cover pic and profile pic were mine as well. Photos were met with rave reviews garnering much positive buzz for the client's business.
After weeks of non payment drama including "check is in the mail" followed by client ignoring subsequent calls, texts, and emails, I removed all my images from the site. Nothing posted to the page by others (followers) was touched. My stance was no payment and you cut off all communication, then I'm removing what was not paid for. Doing this caused the "likes" and "comments" of that content to disappear. Information in the event notices was lost as well, however the lost event notices were for events that had already taken place.
Client is claiming irreparable harm to his business to the tune of $15,000 - 20,000.
During my tenure the number of "likes" to the site has more than doubled. Stats for traffic, posts, reach, etc. have all spiked as well. Brand awareness and positive perception is much higher now than when I started. Obviously no longer having my work featured could have an impact going forward, but how much merit does this threatened lawsuit have?
I am agreeable to upon getting paid, to repost my content. New comments, likes, and shares would have to start from scratch, of course.
I am also agreeable to receiving a lesser amount (for the positive impact already provided) and just parting ways, keeping my content.
What say you?