I guess this is two questions.
First, what does it mean when my certification expires? Does this mean no one can look at my story anymore? And if I do, I need to "promote" it by paying some $$$.
Second question. I copyrighted something here and noticed it said it now belongs to FanStory. Does that mean it no longer is mine? Does it mean I can not display it anywhere else? Or, does it just protect my stuff here so no one else can take it?
RE: Expired Certs & Copyright Question Reply on December 6, 2017 01:38 AM
"What does it mean when my certification expires?"
This means that your post will no longer appear on the listings i.e. it will not be shown to anyone casually browsing and reviewing. However, it will still be available in your portfolio, so anyone who takes the trouble to look there could find it. I am occasionally surprised by reviews of pieces I posted years ago.
Yes, if you really want more reviews, you have to buy another certificate and promote it again.
No, you still own the copyright. Even if you don't go through the copyrighting process on FS, the copyright is still legally yours. However, by copyrighting it here you gain an extra level of protection in that the site records the date and time you posted the piece and records your name against it.
You are still free to publish your work elsewhere at any time.
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