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03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Anti-Semitic" "Family Guy" Song Parody Attracts Lawsuit

Twentieth Century Fox was sued by New York music publisher Bourne Co. for using the tune of ``When You Wish Upon a Star'' without permission in an episode of the network's animated satire, ``Family Guy.''

Fox, owned by News Corp., used the melody in a 2003 episode entitled ``When You Wish Upon a Weinstein,'' in which the show's protagonist, Peter Griffin, sings ``I Need a Jew,'' as he laments his troubled finances, lawyers for closely held Bourne said in the complaint.

Fox's broadcast and subsequent DVD sales of the episode have ``harmed the value and reputation of `When You Wish Upon a Star' by associating the famous song with a vile and outrageous anti-Semitic message,'' Bourne said in the complaint, filed today in federal court in Manhattan.

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