The copyright owner of the mega-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Universal Studios, which owns movie rights, aren’t happy with a porn film titled Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation.
In the new lawsuit, Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal point to that quote as proof of the defendants’ intentions to usurp copyright and trademark and confuse the source of origin.
“By lifting 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,” says the lawsuit, filed in federal court in California.
My guess is that Universal is upset that Smash beat them to the punch on this one, so to speak. I mean, I had assumed that whatever Universal produced was going to basically be porn, and this lawsuit confirms it.
More to the point, it is quite hilarious to see Universal complain about how Smash is defrauding them by shamelessly ripping off a book that is itself a rip-off of Twilight. How hypocritical is it for Universal to complain that Smash is violating copyright law for doing to Universal what E.L. James did to Stephanie Meyer. I guess this just goes to show how stupid IP is, and how it is obviously nothing more than a legal front for major entertainment businesses to act monopolistically.