Now, I've seen this around and have always been curious about it. There will be a story that has been posted on the internet. Then the author will say something like "Someday I will try to get this published". Now, mostly those stories don't gt finished. I'm not saying that there's not one that has, I've just never seen one. So here's my question. If someone posts a story on the internet, and then sends in the story to get published, what kind of legal liabilities is that person under if the publishing company actually wanted to publish it? Lets sa Bob has finished a story on a site like...DeviantArt. He's posted the story, people have read and reviewed it. Just for kicks he sends it in to see if it can get published. Bob is very surprised when he recieves a letter saying that his story is amazing and will be published immediatly. Bob would have to do something along the lines of taking the story of DeviantArt right? But then who knows how many people have downloades it or save it to thier computer. Would the company take that into considerate note and do something? That's always something that's bugged me. Any answeres?