After four prototypes on a mailshot design, the client is now telling me that the project is going to be cancelled.
Because a lot of work was involved, I submitted an updated "cost estimate" (in this case the project was being made in a "project-value" kind of cost estimate).
Anyway, now the client is asking for parts of the project (very small bits), telling me that they are paying parts of the project so they're "entitled" to have some parts, and I am in the middle of an argument trying to explain that the new cost estimate is related to the work done and not the deliverables, I thought a canceled project means no deliverables, right?
So, what should I do?
A. tell them to pay for my work and nothing more (no deliverable handed)
B. send them those bits, very insignificant but still this goes against my point (my concern is that in their minds they feel they can use my work and unfortunately my contract isn't very specific for those cases because honestly in 15 years this is the first time this happens!) If I take this option, I will definitely tell them that they are forbidden to use any other material.