I've got my first story done and it involves an OC. I need a beta reader (yes, I posted a request for a master) and then I am ready to post. I am a bit hesitant because I'm really happy with both the story and the character. Basically, I'm wondering a couple of things: a) How rampant in plagerism in the fanfic world? I know there are punishments in place for offenders, but how often does this really happen? b) How about OC theft? Is there a way to protect an OC legally or is that out of the question because we are working in Lucasland? Obviously, if I'm really not sure, I simply won't post the story and it will remain mine. I'll just go write something else I'm less attached to. (me, unattached to my work? ha!) I'd just love to share it as I'm very proud of it.