Seth MacFarlane sued for copyright infringement

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 July 2014
Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital are being sued for alleged copyright infringement by Begal Mangle Productions - who claim the main character in the film 'Ted' is an unlawful copy of their own bear character

Seth MacFarlane has been sued for alleged copyright infringement for 'Ted'.

The 'Family Guy' creator, along with Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital, have been hit with the law suit from Bengal Mangle Productions - who claim the titular teddy bear character from 2012 film 'Ted' is an unlawful copy of their own animated bear.

The suit alleges that their bear - who is named Charlie and stars in web series 'Charlie The Abusive Teddy' and 'Acting School Academy' - and Ted are similar in physical appearance and behaviour.

The legal documents state: "Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand.

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

The law suit - which also names MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions - alleges that scenes in the web series, which aired in 2009 and 2010 on YouTube and, are similar to scenes in 'Ted'.

It also cites specific scenes in the film including Ted "showing a woman all the lewd acts he wants to perform with her, using violence to get his point across to John (Wahlberg), talking to Nora Jones about their sexual history, and making fat jokes even when his life is in danger."

'Ted' was directed, co-written and produced by MacFarlane and starred Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and a sequel is set to be released next June.


  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
  • Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
  • UK release: 1 August 2012

John (Wahlberg) is a grown man living with a potty-mouthed teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish. Soon John finds himself torn between his girlfriend and his friendship with Ted. A resolutely filthy but loveable bromance from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

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