Seth MacFarlane is currently being sued for copyright infringement by another group of people that supposedly found comedy in totally non-serious subjects like drinking problems and abusive relationships.
A California production company called Bengal Mangle Productions claims that its own teddy bear Charlie, who appeared in the web series Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, was MacFarlane's inspiration for the hard-drinking bear in his 2012 film - and they're taking him to court.
The lawsuit claims:
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.
Well, I'm glad I don't look too much like a soft toy... Because on Friday evenings, things turn pretty vulgar.
Do you think Seth MacFarlane ripped off Ted?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)