(Actually, upon researching it, Penny Arcade was taking a poke at American McGee's take on "Alice in Wonderland". My bad.)
My understanding of this -- and I am not a lawyer, nor do I even play one on television -- is that for the parody defense to work you have to be parodying the product in question. Unless the book was in some way poking fun *at Jack Daniels*, I don't think you can assert that defense.
If memory serves, the guys at Penny Arcade discovered this the hard way when they did a tarted up Strawberry Shortcake to make fun of Todd McFarlane's Twisted Fairy Tales series. And American Greetings hit them with a C&D that was not quite so polite as this one, explaining that *did not* have the legal right to use an American Greetings property to make fun of Todd McFarlane under parody fair use.
Man. It's like these scientists have never even seen a horror movie.
Call me cynical, but it would never happen. Instead, oil companies would take a lesson from Hollywood, and make every single oil well its own corporation, so any disaster would be insulated to a single small corporation that goes broke.
A Chumby One, with a small touch screen, WiFi and FM radio, was $99 on pre-order, and $119.95 now, so it's not impossible, if the screen cost can be kept down. I'd suspect $150 is a more reasonable number to shoot for, though.
I did it a few times when I had my window manager configured to use ctrl+alt+(#) to switch between desktop windows. Type something on desktop 3, ctrl+alt+4 to check something on desktop 4, ctrl+alt+3 back, hit backspace with my right hand to correct my typing before fully releasing ctrl+alt with my left... boom, down goes X.
Granted, I would do something like that maybe twice a year, with 7 hour a day use, but I have done it.
If you fail to plan, plan to fail.