I've always been into writing fiction, but have never done anything seriously about it. But recently I decided to give it more of a go (I didn't have to buy a typewriter, isn't progress wonderful? ) I googled about a bit, and decided to check out shortbreadstories.co.uk. It's a site where you can upload short stories you've written and read stuff by other members. It looked nice, has regular competitons, so I decided to join. I signed up, uploaded a couple of short-short stories I'd written in the past, then read the Terms & Conditions (duh! Yeah I know, wrong way round).
A section of the T&Cs deals with copyright.
I'm interested to know: is this reasonable, considering the site is for wannabes? Or should I put on my rms hat and quoth "Nevermore!"4. For a period of two years from the date of this letter (the “Exclusivity Period”), the licence set out in Clause 1 is granted by you to us on an exclusive basis and, during the Exclusivity Period, you will not yourself do, nor shall you permit or suffer anyone else to do, any of the activities in respect of the Story which we are permitted to do. After expiry of the Exclusivity Period, we may continue to use, make available to the public and/or have broadcast any sound recordings or text versions of the Story made by us during the Exclusivity Period. If we confirm to you that we do not intend to publish the Story then this Clause 4 shall not apply.