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Spoof sputters In the 67 years since its debut, When You Wish Upon a Star has been recorded by more than 100 artists and orchestras. But the song’s owner is irate about what it calls an unseemly spoof of the familiar tune, saying the dreamy classic was twisted into an anti-Semitic ballad and widely distributed as part of a comedy television program. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in New York, music publishing house Bourne Co. aims to stop the program’s distribution. The suit accuses Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox Broadcasting Co., the Cartoon Network and others of copyright infringement. It seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit said that in 2000, the defendants included the parody, I Need a Jew, in an episode of the Fox television animated series Family Guy. The episode, titled When You Wish Upon a Weinstein, relied on the premise that the main character could not manage his family’s finances and needed to hire a Jewish person to take care of his money, the lawsuit said. During the episode, the main character, Peter Griffin, sings I Need a Jew, which the lawsuit called a thinly veiled copy of the music from When You Wish Upon a Star, accompanied by new anti-Semitic lyrics. “With its theme of wholesome hopefulness, the song has gained worldwide status as a classic,” the lawsuit said. “By associating Bourne’s song with such offensive lyrics and other content in the episode, defendants are harming the value of the song.” � Associated Press The eyes of Texas are on YouTube Who says state bar associations are stodgy? The State Bar of Texas has launched itself into the YouTube age by inviting Texans to submit original three-minute videos illustrating their visions of the promise of justice for all. The best videos in the younger-than-18 and older-than-18 categories could win $2,500 prizes for their creators. “We are the first bar association in the United States � in the world � to have a YouTube contest,” said Texas State Bar President Gib Walton. American Bar Association spokeswoman Debbie Weixl said Walton appeared to be right on that score. “New media, new ways to do things � that’s all I can say,” Weixl said. Walton said his organization plans to share the idea with bar associations in other states. YouTube is a popular video file-sharing Web site. “I believe every bar association is going to want to do one of these,” Walton said. J. Goodwille Pierre, a member of the association’s board of directors, said he liked the idea. “It’s just cool,” he said. � Texas Lawyer Not smirking now Two teens learned the folly of shooting a BB gun at an attorney, especially when the lawyer is a longtime rugby player who goes by the nickname “Dr. Death.” Michael J. Breczinski was walking to his car one night outside a Burton, Mich., mall when he heard a loud pop and felt a sting on his neck. The 54-year-old turned to see the smirking teens, ages 14 and 15, hiding their hands. As he gave chase, one of the teens pulled a BB gun and shot him again. They got away, but later were arrested by police. They are expected to face felonious assault charges. Breczinski had to get a tetanus shot for the pellet wounds, but said it was the teens who got off lucky. He had taken target practice earlier and decided not to carry his .45-caliber Ruger to the mall. He said there was no guarantee he would have known the teen had pulled only a BB gun. “I think God was looking out for them and me,” Breczinski said. � Associated Press

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