I posted a question which was put on hold. Where exactly is this question asking for legal advice ? I have read through this entire thread and I don't see the question I ask fits even loosely as asking for legal advice, in the opinion of other members. I have clearly stated that all I want to do is be better prepared for such a situation in the future.
I don't think it's a legal question, but I'd close it as unclear what you're asking.
The problem isn't clear, nor is it clear what an appropriate answer would be.
As far as I can understand, the situation is as follows:
- You do freelance work on a successful app
- You list the freelance work on your resume
- Company follows-up on your work history
- App-company calls you up and makes a joke about royalties for using them as a reference
The real question seems to be, "Why would they make that joke?" which really, has nothing to do with contracts, and isn't something any of us can really know. I could speculate, but it would really be a shot in the dark.