Okay so my mother in law owns a bakery- she had a designer create her logo her the labels. She paid him but after she did she realized he had misspelled artisan bread -artesian-. Now she should have gone back and asked for him to fix it- but she didn't. This was before I was in the picture to tell her so. She took it to a local printer who does all her label printing. Long story short: she gave him the files and if he could fix the spelling error and he said he could. The problem is now he refuses to give them back. He says because he edited them they are now his intellectual property! Can you believe this guy!? She didn't even sign a contract, but now he's basically strong armed her into using his print shop for everything.
I'm furious because it's an error I could have fixed myself in two minutes had I known about it. Now he says he wants almost $300.00 to return the file- he wants her to buy the files BACK FROM HIM. This has to be illegal but I don't even know where to start. I've talked to her about scrapping the whole thing and making a new logo, but that's dangerous because the brand is very well known in the area.
I would really appreciate some advice.