Home > News > Video News > Universal, Fifty Shades LTD File New Motion Against Smash Pictures • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Universal, Fifty Shades LTD File New Motion Against Smash Pictures

Universal, Fifty Shades LTD File New Motion Against Smash Pictures
Get XBIZ News
Feb 1, 2013 11:30 AM PST    Text size: 

LOS ANGELES — Universal City Studios and Fifty Shades Ltd on Tuesday filed for a preliminary injunction against Smash Pictures to halt the sale and distribution of its parody “This Isn’t Fifty Shades of Grey XXX."

The motion states, “Plaintiffs ask this Court to enjoin the marketing, sale, and distribution of Defendants’ infringing adaptation of the 'Fifty Shades Trilogy,' a quickly and cheaply produced pornographic work that is likely to cause Plaintiffs irreparable harm by poisoning public perception of the 'Fifty Shades Trilogy' and the forthcoming Universal films.”

Universal City Studios and Fifty Shades Ltd filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Smash Pictures in November, seeking an injunction, actual damages and punitive damages for copyright infringement, false designation of origin, false advertising, trademark dilution, business law violations and unfair competition.

The lawsuit claims that Smash used “exact dialogue, characters, events, story and style from the 'Fifty Shades Trilogy'” in its parody.

In the new motion filed in federal court on Tuesday, Universal City Studios and Fifty Shades Ltd state that Smash Pictures’ parody will damage the reputation of the “Fifty Shades” property, which Universal is adapting for the big screen and releasing through its indie banner Focus Features.

“Defendants’ crude pornographic portrayal of the erotic elements central to the 'Fifty Shades Trilogy' fails to capture the unique and delicate balance of provocative sex, emotional romance, and self-deprecating humor that has resulted in a worldwide literary phenomenon," the motion reads.

“For consumers who view the ‘XXX Adaptation’ in lieu of reading the books or watching the ‘Fifty Shades’ films, or for those who simply learn of the ‘Fifty Shades Trilogy’s' existence in a hardcore porn format, the reputational damage to these already-controversial erotic novels and films is immeasurable and irreparable.”

Universal City Studios and Fifty Shades Ltd have requested an April 1 hearing date. A copy of the motion can be seen on Deadline.com.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

OPINIONS & VIEWS

A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb

As certainly the oldest member of the current adult-industry Fourth Estate, and having written for many adult publications, some of which no longer exist, I write this in the first person which, if you... More »

Touring Attorney Takes Look at Porn Under Putin

About four miles northwest of the Kremlin, three blocks off of Tsverskaya Ulitsa (a congested throughfare, which in communist times had a reputation akin to Times Square on account of reputation for commerce... More »

How to Successfully Market Your Paysite Offerings

With a flip-flopping public consensus on message boards, depending who you choose to listen to, you’ll be led believe that one paysite business model is better than another. Unfortunately, the silent... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

QWEBEC Expo 2016

Aug 04 - Aug 07
Montreal, Canada

Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

Aug 07 - Aug 10
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sexhibition

Aug 19 - Aug 21
Manchester, U.K.

EXXXOTICA Columbus

Aug 26 - Aug 28
Columbus, Ohio
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!