My question involves independent contractors in the state of: Ohio
I am a wedding photographer and had hired another area photographer to be a second shooter for a number of my weddings. We did not have a written contract in place because at the time, there was established trust. One of the terms we agreed to was that she was permitted to use the images she took on her personal website and Facebook page, but she was to give credit for the wedding to my company. We recently had a falling out after I found out she had been involved in criminal activity, and we parted ways. Since then, she has been using the images from my weddings with her own watermark and not giving credit back to my company. I work hard to acquire a specific wedding clientele and pay a lot of money to market my business - it's not right that she is using images from my weddings to promote her own business as if she were the one who secured the wedding and originated the creative ideas in the photos. Is there any way, without having a written contract in place, that I can force her to remove the images from her websites? In hindsight, I should have put a written contract in place, but at the time we were friends and I never anticipated anything like this would happen. My biggest concern is that she is a criminal and I don't want people seeing images of the same couples from my site on her site, and think that I or my business was also involved in criminal activity. I'm concerned for the reputation of my business as well as my personal reputation. Please help!
(The criminal activity she was involved in was insurance fraud - she faked a burglary in her home and claimed items of value - some items which she didn't even own - had been stolen so that she could collect a large insurance check. Much of what she claimed as being stolen was photography equipment, which was the same equipment she continued to use to shoot weddings with. I didn't put the pieces together until she showed up with $7000 worth of new equipment at the last wedding we shot together, claiming her grandfather had left her an inheritance that she used to purchase the equipment. I've heard that she has since left town, but her social media sites and website are still in place.)