According to a recent Variety report, Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, and Seth MacFarlane are currently being sued for allegedly infringing the copyrights of Bengal Mangle Productions’ web series Charlie the Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, citing that MacFarlane’s CG animated bear Ted bear similarities to Charlie, with regard to appearance and behavior.
“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,” the suit alleges. “Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude.”
The lawsuit also names MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Productions and alleges that scenes in the web series, which aired in 2009 and 2010 on YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com, are similar to scenes in 2012′s Ted.
The scenes in question include “showing a woman all the lewd acts he wants to perform with her; using violence to get his point across to John; talking to Nora Jones about their sexual history, and making fat jokes even when his life is in danger.”
Source: Variety (via Animationmagazine.net)