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Mock legal threat causes panic at major publisher!

In the midst of an author discussion about how some companies grumble about having their Web sites mentioned in books, even if it's favorable, I wrote the following parody letter. I'm still wondering if this is where things are heading. The names herein have been changed to protect the, um, innocent.

"Dear Sir: We noticed that in your book "Teach Yourself Some Crazy Subject in No Time!" (BigPublisherInc, 2003) you make an oblique reference to a "web site designed predominantly in browns" and are convinced that you're talking about our own site,"

Here's the entire letter, in all its glory...