"I Need a Jew" Was Fair Game

3/17/2009 10:45 AM PDT
Seth MacFarlane and "Family Guy" first wished upon a Jew, then wished upon a federal judge (not a Jew) and came up winners on both counts.

Federal District Judge Deborah Batts (we're making an assumption she's not Jewish) ruled the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," featuring the song "I Need a Jew," did not infringe on the copyright of the owner of "When You Wish Upon a Star."

The show, which was produced in 2000, showcased Peter's frustration that he could not manage his family's finances. He lamented how he needed a Jew to help him with his money and broke into song:

"Nothing else has worked so far
So I'll wish upon a star
Wonderous dancing speck of light,
I need a Jew."

The court tossed out the claim the parody was a copyright infringement. Judge Batts (we still think she's not a Jew) also scoffed at the notion the parody would create "harm by association."

Way to go, Seth!