Monday, October 8, 2007

Bad Week for Parodies

Normally when parodies come out we all laugh and that is the end of it, but it seems that not everyone these days gets the joke. MSN TV is reporting that the owner of the song "When you wish upon a star is suing Fox over it's Family Guy parody called "I Need a Jew".

The song appeared in an episode entitled "When you Wish Upon a Weinstein" that never originally aired on TV until recently, but was distributed with its season 3 box set. The lawsuit filed against Fox seeks to stop the shows distribution and is seeking damages as they call the parody copyright infringement.

Also this week, Computer and Video Games reported the creators of the "The Simpsons" video game where forced to remove stuff from there game due to complaints from people in the industry. "The Simpsons" video game contains parodies of a bunch of video games from the past 30 years. One of the companies that complained was Rockstar Games, due to The Simpsons' parody of Grand Theft Auto.

I find these complaint rather ridiculous, especially when you consider companies like Rockstar games have made a career out of offending people. But now, when the shoe is on the other foot these companies just don't like it. Then again, maybe it is not the developers but simply the legal team being over zealous.

In any case, hopefully future parodies will not suffer from these complaints in the future.

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