Producers Drop Copyright Lawsuit Over Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’

The producers of a Web series are dropping their lawsuit claiming that the movie “Ted” ripped off their own animated bear.

Bengal Mangle Prods. sued Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital last year, contending that “Ted” was an unlawful copy of its own animated bear, Charlie, who starred in Web series “Charlie the Abusive Teddy” and “Acting School Academy.”

But in a filing in U.S. District Court on Monday, the plaintiffs said they were “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” the Charlie character.

They are asking the court to dismiss the case.

A spokeswoman for Media Rights Capital said in a statement, “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.”

A representative for MacFarlane said he had no plans to countersue.

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