I have a question about copyright. The forum rules state: "You must own the copyright to all work claimed your own." Since everything I have shared at this forum is original work that is also work in progress, I don't have a copyright for my work. Does that mean that by posting these short stories and excerpts, that I have relinquished rights to my own work by making such material vulnerable to potential plagiarists? It seems to me that if this was true, the value of a site like writing forums.com would be greatly undermined. Secondly, I have observed one post on one of the critique boards that bore a copyright warning in boldface. I found this warning to be a bit offsetting because I would never steal somebody's work. With this being said, the post also raised a number of questions. Why would a copyrighted work even need a critique? To me, this is less of a chicken or egg question than a presumption that written works should be completed prior to applying for a copyright. Could one of the moderators clarify the question about who actually owns the excerpts that we post if these excerpts are original works posted by their authors?