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A production company claims that the movie Ted has stolen their idea of an abusive, talkative teddy bear, so they have made a copyright infringement claim against the producers of the 2013 hit movie. According to reports, the litigating company states the main character from the movie was actually stolen from their web series.
Now, Seth Macfarlane is being questioned on the source of the idea for the said character by a Californian production company who has their own rude stuffed toy named Charlie.
“Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie andTed spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand,” the suit states, according to Deadline. “
Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude.”
Charlie can be seen in two different web series. In ‘Charlie The Abusive Bear’ he is “describing what he wants to do to a prostitute; talking about not wanting to go to rehab; yelling at Amy for making him peas; telling his mother he has spread catnip on his testicles; suggesting he and his father go to the strip club together, and pistol whipping someone to get his point across.” In ‘Acting School Academy’ he is seen “telling Amy to get an abortion.”
The dispute goes as far as social media, with the Bengal Mangle productions claiming that the two bears’ Facebook and Twitter pages have a similar output, posting disdainful comments on social media itself, Fox News and Game of Thrones.