@Ross at Play
The Author Agreement should stipulate whatever conditions must exist for the site to do that.
They do, and an action analysis of them is:
When you break it down it simply says:
a. You declare the story belongs to you or is public domain, and stays the property of the author. Rules 1 and 10.
b. There's a list of restrictions. Rules 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 15.
c. WLPC has the right to restrict your access. Rules 4 and 5.
d. You give WLPC limited permissions regarding the story. Rules 2, 3, 14, and now 16.
These four rules are, with my comments following each rule:
2. You grant Storiesonline, its parent company 'World Literature Company (WLPC)' and its affiliated sites unlimited rights to publish the work in any format that it supports, on any of its sites for as long as WLPC exists or until you withdraw the work with a written request for removal. You retain all copyrights that you may have for the work.
This reconfirms the author owns the copyright while the author agrees to allow WLPC to post the story in any format on any of its sites unless you, the author, withdraw the story.
3. You allow Storiesonline, WLPC and its agents to make the necessary changes to make your work suitable for publishing on our sites.
This allows them to convert the story from whatever format you submit the story to the format they use to display the stories on the site, or to a format for the readers to read the story - this is the approval to provide the downloadable formats as well.
14. If you have your own stories site and you post your stories here on Storiesonline too, you give permission to Storiesonline to take necessary action to keep your stories on WLPC's sites up-to-date and in sync with the versions on your own site at our discretion.
This is to allow the site to bring the version on the site up to match the one you have on any other site. This was brought about some years ago due to an author using SoL as a teaser site for his own pay site and book sales.
16. If you don't log into Storiesonline for more than 5 years, your stories will get moved into the archives which are accessible to premier members only.
This is an expansion of Rule 2 to inform authors of where on the site the stories will be placed for display under certain conditions. This does not, in any way, amend or violate the copyright of the story, nor does it violate any of the earlier rules in any way.
In fact, under Rule 2, the site would be justified in putting any story in any section of the site.