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Sunday 21 December 2014

MacFarlane sued over Ted movie

Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his Ted movie
Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his Ted movie

Seth MacFarlane is being sued over his hit teddy bear film Ted.

A production company in California has filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement over the 2012 movie about a foul-mouthed stuffed toy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bengal Mangle Productions claims it created a badly-behaved teddy called Charlie - who featured in two web series called Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy - who was similar to the one in Seth's film.

The suit said that, like Ted, Charlie lives in a human world, is vulgar and likes drinking, smoking and prostitutes.

It alleged that Seth's bear "is strikingly similar to the plaintiffs' Charlie character".

It said: "Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude."

Bengal Mangle - which also mentions Seth's company Fuzzy Door Productions, Ted producer Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Studios - is seeking unspecified damages.

The star and the makers of the film have yet to officially comment.

Seth directed, co-wrote and starred in Ted, which also featured Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and was a big hit at the box office. A sequel, this time starring Amanda Seyfried, is currently in the pipeline.

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