FOUR companies are being sued for alleged copyright abuse of the children's television characters the Teletubbies. The action is the first to be brought in Hong Kong following the hiring last year of private detectives to stamp out business in fake Teletubbies products. BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll Productions (UK) have filed a writ in the Court of First Instance against Prince Creation, Yongder Hall, Times Ringier and Tung Tak Newspaper & Magazine. The writ claims the four companies infringed 'copyright in the original artistic and literary works relating to or featuring the Teletubbies characters'. The writ states the BBC and Ragdoll are applying for an injunction order to restrain the defendants from dealing in any more unlicensed goods or articles. The brand owners are asking that the four companies be ordered to deliver up or destroy all items, tools, photographs, artwork and articles relating to the copyright. The writ is also seeking unspecified damages. Last year, private detectives were hired by the BBC to stamp out the multimillion-dollar trade across Asia in fake items inspired by the hit children's series.