Back in 2004 I submitted Three short paragraph to a website. I was not a poem but it was something that I wrote myself and posted with my first name. It was no more than 100 words.
Since the beginning of this website which is geared for people to post their thoughts/ideas/comments/poetry it has stated on the bottom that All stories, articles, poems and comments on this site are owned by their respective authors
In 2008 a book was published and little to my knowledge Part of the last paragraph of what I had submitted back in 2004 to that website was placed word for word in the book with a different name to the quote. This is not the focal point of the book it is simply added in and commented on.
The book is geared to adults in the counseling field...I believe. this is what it says about the book::
"In this timely and helpful book, youth workers, coaches, teachers, and others will get the information they need "
Does this fall under the fair use ? I've been read through all of the laws governing intellectual property but there is just SO MUCh to read through I can't make sense of it all! I was going to write a letter to the publisher but decided I should do some research before having them come back at me for something like slander?
Any help would be appriciated.