Bengal Mangle Productions claim copyright infringement of their 2008 internet series
According to Hollywood Reporter Seth MacFarlane and the producers of Ted (Universal, McFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions and Media Rights Capital) face a copyright infringement suit from the production company behind the internet series Acting School Academy.
Bengal Mangle Productions claim Ted plagiarises the character Charlie The Abusive Teddy Bear who first appeared on American TV in 1996 before re-emerging in a series of web shorts in 2008 which they state gained over a million views on the likes of YouTube and FunnyorDie.
The lawsuit argues that Charlie, like Ted, lives in a “human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character” who is “strikingly similar” to Seth McFarlane’s creation. The Family Guy creator is yet to comment.
Following the poor reception for his last film A Million Ways To Die In The West, MacFarlane has begun production with Mark Wahlberg on Ted 2 with the film due in cinemas next year.