Seth MacFarlane And Companies Sued Over Ted
Filmmaker and studio accused of pinching central idea for massive movie hit...
Seth MacFarlane has been named in a lawsuit which alleges that the concept for his hit movie Ted was borrowed from an existing web series.
Bengal Mangle Productions has filed a suit with the District Court in Los Angeles, citing its own 2008 script for Acting School Academy.
This saw a potty-mouthed, womanising bear called Charlie living among human adults.
The lawsuit claims: "Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character."
Production firm Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Studios are also named in the allegations.
The claimant alleges that its web series - shown via Funnyordie, YouTube, Facebook and iTunes - was widely seen and had at least 1.2 million views between July 2009 and June 2012.
An unspecified amount of money is being sought in damages.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ted became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time following its release in 2012.
The Hollywood Reporter had no response from MacFarlane or the companies named when it went to press with the story.