A client has approached me with a PDF and would like me to find him a price on the print, to beat his previous printers cost.
Can I legally do this? Just forward another PDF on?
I'm a bit anxious and wouldn't want to upset anyone!
If he has a copyright/license to print, then yes this is allowed. However, it's very much possible they don!t have the right to, and are trying to use you to get out of paying another designer.
For example the other designer's contract states payment (of design hours + manufacturing cost) on delivery of the printed work, and the client is mailing you a final proof. The client thinks if they print themselves/elsewhere, they don't have to pay for time spent designing. Heck - depending on the contract it might even be technically legal, but a very dick move towards your colleage.
Be wary about these kinds of clients. If they're willing to screw someone else out of money (even if it's not that much) they'll be willing to screw you over, too.
So try finding the original designer, it could/should be listed as metadata on the file.
If the client owns the PDF and the content it displays, there are no legal ramifications to finding a different provider for print services.
If the client does not own the contents of the PDF, then reproduction may be copyright infringement.
Ultimately, as a print provider, you can't be held responsible if someone claims to have ownership and they don't. All you can do is ask and move forward based upon their response.