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Universal Sues Chatsworth Studio Over 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Parody

Complaint alleges Smash Pictures has violated copyright and trademark laws.

Universal Studios and the copyright holder of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books are suing a Chatsworth adult movie company over a pornographic parody of the steamy blockbusters, court papers show.

According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court, Universal, which owns the movie rights, and Fifty Shades Ltd. contend that Smash Pictures violated copyright and trademark laws by issuing "Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation."

The E.L. James novel tells of an affair between a literature student and a young entrepreneur.

According to the lawsuit, the triple-X parody is a "willful attempt to capitalize on the reputation of the book."

The plaintiffs allege that by using "exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style from the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy, Smash Pictures ensured that the first XXX adaptation was, in fact, as close as possible to the original works," according to the 35-page complaint, which seeks a judge's order halting its sale and unspecified monetary damages.

The suit also names distributors Luv Moves, which apparently packaged the DVD with sex toys in a gift box titled "Fifty Shades of Pleasure: Play Kit & Movie."

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Joseph November 30, 2012 at 04:19 PM
So seems like smash videos made the movie first and know Universal is upset.

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