Seth MacFarlane Sued Over Ted Copyright Breach
Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and the producers of comedy film Ted are being sued for alleged copyright infringement.
The creators of a web series about another foul-mouthed, boozing teddy bear, called Charlie, claim the film's main character is "strikingly similar" .
Bengal Mangle Productions have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles stating their shows, Charlie The Abusive Teddy Bear and†Acting School Academy, have been available online on sites such as YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com since 2009.
The company claims "Ted is an unlawful copy" of Charlie and possesses the "same physical attributes, including the general look and feel of each character".
Ted, which MacFarlane co-wrote, directed and starred in, also features Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg and was released in 2012.
It made $550m†(£321m) worldwide and a sequel is planned for release next summer.
The lawsuit claims: "Charlie and Ted have displayed consistent, widely identifiable traits that make this vulgar teddy bear especially distinctive."
These include sitting on a sofa smoking, drinking and swearing.
It added: "Both Charlie and Ted maintain an active social media presence, including individual Twitter and Facebook accounts, with similar postings."
Bengal Mangle Productions included a chart in the suit which showed the alleged similarities.
There has been no comment so far from MacFarlane, Universal or the film studio Media Rights Capital.