Universal files lawsuit against "Fifty Shades" porn "rip-off"

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's Universal Studios has filed a copyright lawsuit against a porn production company, accusing it of lifting language, characters and plot from the best-selling erotic book trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its own adult films and sex toys.

Calling one of the adult movie adaptations of the British novel "a rip-off plain and simple," Universal's lawsuit seeks to stop sales of copycat porn movies and to recoup any profits they earn.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James and its two sequels have sold more than 40 million copies since first being published in 2011. Universal bought the rights for a film adaptation earlier this year for a reported $5 million.

The suit was filed jointly in federal court in California on Tuesday by Universal and James's British company which owns the copyright to the novels.

The lawsuit said that Los Angeles-based based Smash Pictures had produced a movie called "Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation" which lifted "exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style from the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy."

"The first XXX adaptation is not a parody, and it does not comment on, criticize, or ridicule the originals. It is a rip-off, plain and simple," the lawsuit added.

Smash Pictures could not be reached for comment.

Universal said Smash Pictures had two subsequent movies in production and that one of its subsidiaries had also launched a "Play Kit" of kinky sex toys called "Fifty Shades of Pleasure."

The lawsuit seeks an injunction, unspecified damages, and profits from sales of the movies, which it says are trademark and copyright infringements.

Universal Studios is a unit of Comcast Corp

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (2)
korrysmith wrote:
Irony: The woman who wrote a book as Twilight porn (then changed all the names when she got a book deal) is now suing people for making a porn parody.

Nov 29, 2012 9:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
I hate 50 shades of grey, the porn industry is simply improving where the lame book failed.

Good point Korry

Nov 30, 2012 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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