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'Ted' creator accused of copying foul-mouthed bear

Published on Jul 17, 2014 8:42 AM
Writer, director and cast member Seth MacFarlane poses at the premiere of "Ted" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California in this file photo taken on June 21, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A production company is suing US comic Seth MacFarlane for breach of copyright, claiming he based his foul-mouthed character in the hit movie Ted on an abusive teddy bear created years before.

Bengal Mangle Productions says MacFarlane's Ted, who drinks, takes drugs and likes prostitutes, is based on the title character in Charlie The Abusive Teddy Bear, an online show dating from 2009.

"Charlie is a teddy bear who 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," it said in a lawsuit.

The production company said Ted was "strikingly similar" to Charlie, and that MacFarlane had copied Charlie without its authorisation.

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