do clients have a right to PSD file formats?

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I got an e-mail from a client which I did a logo for the web.  I created a gif file format two versions, one with sample over it.  I also forwarded a document releasing copyright on the specifics of those images and format.  Now I receive an e-mail such as "Could you please send me the PSD file as an attachment as well, so I can save/use it in various formats?"   Isn't that like asking a baker for the receipe to his cake?   I don't believe anyone is legally entitled to it unless I release the copyright on it...correct? Why would I do that anyhow?  Isn't that giving up trade secrets and raw data?  How could I best express this and is there any law I can point to.

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They paid for it, it's theirs but dont give them the layers, just send them a flattened version with transparent background so that when they need changes, they come to you.

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Did they purchase the logo design or just the logo for the web? if it's the design then I would give whatever available file even psd to the client.

note: i usually send 2layers psd file 1=background 1=logo
if the logo consist of 5-infinite layers, i merge them into 1.

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ah.. weed beat me to it again.. :-P

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they just purchased the gif file with the specific colors, I outlined it in the transfer of copyright.  They did not purchase the PSD file.  Of course, you are correct, I can give them the PSD file but without the layers.  I guess I never thought about a client asking for it.  They were specific in purchasing this graphic for the web only.  Something to think about down the road.  Thank you all.  It was very helpful.

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you may add an additional fee for the .psd file.
Why the C grade??

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I didn't mean to give the C grade, I was at work and when I realized it, I tried to go back, but it didn't work.  

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