It turns out Ted was straight outta Seth MacFarlane‘s twisted head after all!
The Family Guy creator won a big copyright lawsuit on Monday when he proved his rightness so hard, that the other side gave up.
Bengal Mangle Productions sued Fuzzy Door Productions, Media Rights Capital, and Universal Pictures in July over the rights of the teddy bear Ted. They claimed that their character, Charlie, was “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.” Sounds like Ted├óΓé¼┬ª
But Seth and his people proved the suit was without merit, and the case was dropped. The court docs said:
“Plaintiff and its counsel are now satisfied that, based on discovery produced in the action, the character Ted was independently created by Seth MacFarlane using his own efforts and creativity and was not copied from Plaintiff’s Charlie character.”
And Media Rights Capital made their own statement about the situation, saying:
“This lawsuit was without merit and has been dismissed. The plaintiff has conceded that the Ted character was independently created by Seth MacFarlane using his own efforts and creativity. For the past ten years, MRC has had a front row seat to one of the most brilliant artists working today. Seth’s unfiltered and genius imagination brings life to everything he touches. As both partners and huge fans, we are proud to work with a special talent and can’t wait for Seth to bring Ted 2 to life for audiences this summer.”
We can’t wait to see it too, because who doesn’t love a vulgar teddy bear?!
[Image via WENN.]