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Universal Studios Sues

Porn Co.'s Are Ripping

Off '50 Shades of Grey'

11/29/2012 12:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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You can't just shoot a filthy porno and call it "50 Shades of Grey" -- at least according to Universal Studios, which is now suing several XXX companies for ripping off its "50 Shades" movie rights.

Universal filed the lawsuit against three porn companies, claiming they illegally made an unauthorized film -- called "Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation" -- as well as bootleg "50 Shades"-themed sex toys.

Universal -- along with Fifty Shades Ltd. -- claims the film isn't parody, and therefore isn't protected under the First Amendment.

According to the suit, "The first XXX adaptation ... does not comment on, criticize, or ridicule the originals. It is a rip-off, plain and simple."

The suit continues, "By lifting exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style from the Fifty Shades trilogy, [producer] Smash Pictures ensured that the first XXX adaptation was, in fact, as close as possible to the original works."

The suit claims two additional XXX films are currently in the works -- and an accompanying sex toy set called "Fifty Shades of Pleasure" has already been released.

Universal wants damages -- plus an injunction blocking any further releases of the film.

So far, no gag orders have been issued.

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jackmama311    

cry me a river.

694 days ago
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People Annoy Me    

Where's the copy Fifty Shades of Crap? Honestly, the book is terrible. I would say the XXX companies are doing them a huge favor.

694 days ago
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Jannie    

If LIndsay is not in it, I don't give a fvck. Cause she is the Oscar-worthy comeback actress of this century, ya knnow (*snort*).

694 days ago
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Michelle    

Yea, I'd rather see the porn version than how Universal plans to bastardize the book. You're not going to get the heat from the book in a movie from Universal.

694 days ago
5.

Bagheera    

Didn't 50 shades steal its premise from porn companies anyways?

694 days ago
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HAHAHA    

I agree with alot of people on here. That realy sucked. It had about as much to do with steamy novels as Gwar has to do with rock and roll. you cant just make some character in a book slowly make her way into ball gags and anal fruit insertion without a freeking plot in between! Shock literature is all it is.

694 days ago
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Mayu    

the book is an overglorified porno anyway. I can't believe anyone wants to see a mainstream movie version of the filth.

694 days ago
8.

OH NO!    

Yawn. Who reads that dreck? Who are the XXX movies geared to? Guys who like books that girls like? Why would a guy buy that porn over any other? Is the 50 shades bull**** going to make them buy it? Is a woman going to buy hardcore porn DVD's because of the book title? WTF..none of this make much sense. The crossover market must be very small.

694 days ago
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Fat Matt    

To avoid further legal action they should just edit out all the shots of women and call it 50 Shades of Gay...

694 days ago
10.

LDB    

that book is too over hyped. if you enjoy 50 shades, then you're a fan of twilight

694 days ago
11.

S    

More like...50 shades ripped of porn to start with.

694 days ago
12.

anony    

This comes up every few years.
The porn companies always win because it comes under fair use for parody.

694 days ago
13.

mitikili    

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694 days ago
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Mary P    

I don't know what's sadder - that 50 Shades of Grey was fanfic copying from Twilight for awfulness sakes and they are crying about being copied - or that somehow, the teenage drivel, with horrible elementary writing was so popular and gets a movie deal - OR - Anne Rice's TRULY erotic and damn sexy BDSM novel Exit to Eden was bastardized into a stupid cop drama with Rosie O'Donnell as the focus instead of the heat, passion, sex games, slave auctions, etc. You want someone who's "finding" their BDSM niche with a love story inbetween? Get Exit to Eden the book.

694 days ago
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PZP Productions    

This is what happens when adult filmmakers get lazy. I saw this coming too. They don't even bother to come up with a clever twist on the original title anymore, i.e. "Star Trek: The Next Penetration," "Schindler's Fist," and yes, even our "The Da Vinci Load." Instead they use the REAL title and add "XXX A Porn Parody." These hacks wouldn't know a real parody if it bit them on the ass.

694 days ago
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