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Universal Sues Pornographers Over ’50 Shades’ Use

(NEW YORK) -- Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the kinky protagonists of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, will soon be leaping off the page and into your local Cineplex.

Not surprisingly, the adventurous duo are also slated to make appearances, reportedly in three XXX films–the basis for a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement and false advertising, among other offenses.

The suit was filed on November 27 in U.S. District Court in Central California by Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal City Studios, which owns movie rights to EL James’s best-selling trilogy (which also includes “Fifty shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”). In the complaint, the plaintiffs maintain that Smash Pictures, of Chatsworth, Calif., along with two other adult filmmakers and three other men, are producing and distributing unauthorized adult films and sex toys based on the best-selling salacious books.

According to the complaint, the films take “wholesale the dialogue, characters, and storyline” from the three books, which were originally released as e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks in Australia in May 2011, September 2011, and January 2012. In April, 2012, they were later published in the US by Vintage books. The books have sold 40 million copies worldwide. “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,” the complaint alleges.

According to the suit, Smash Pictures states quite clearly on its web site and on the back cover of the DVD box that it is “based upon the best selling series of books that has swept the world,” putting “the kinky fantasies that you only imagined into vivid color.” The suit also quotes an interview in LA Weekly in which Smash Pictures vice president Stuart Wall  says that the first film is “very true to the book and its S&M themed-romance” with the script written “to be as close to the series” as the director can get.

The suit is seeking an injunction blocking the defendants from using the Fifty Shades trademarks to advertise or sell any goods or services, and from publishing, distributing, advertising or selling the alleged unauthorized material. The plaintiffs also request the defendants deliver all existing copies of the film to them “for destruction.”  Universal and Fifty Shades Ltd. also seek any profits the defendants earned from the film, along with suit costs, lawyer’s fees and interest.

Smash Pictures did not return telephone calls from ABC News.  A representative for Universal declined to comment, as did their attorney.

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Inspires Baby Clothing Boom

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- The so-called "Mommy Porn" Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has been rumored to have started a baby boom. And as inappropriate as the link between the bondage-themed series of novels and the joys of mommyhood may be, a new cottage industry is taking that one step further.

On sites like Etsy, crafty vendors are hawking baby clothes inspired by the sex-filled books, including one naming the series' boundary-pushing character that reads, "My Mommy Pretends Christian Grey Is My Daddy."

Another onesie is adorned with a picture of a pair of handcuffs, and the words, "I Pretend Christian Grey Is My Daddy," while another reads, "Generation Grey Baby."

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Most Likely to Be Left at Hotels, Survey Finds

Aaron Davidson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hotels may be creating packages around the novel Fifty Shades of Grey to attract visitors, but turns out visitors are leaving their copies behind when they check out of hotels.  Could they be worried about being seen with the book and want to ditch it as soon as they’re done reading?

Maybe.  More than any other book, Fifty Shades of Grey was left behind at Travelodge U.K. properties, according to the hotel chain’s annual survey of books left behind.  But more likely, the book is just so immensely popular that there are more copies making their way into hotel rooms in the first place.

According to Travelodge, 7,000 copies of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey were left behind.  That’s nearly one-third of the total 21,786 books left behind in 36,500 Travelodge hotel rooms.

The other two books in the trilogy -- Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker -- also made the top 10 of books left behind.  Stieg Larsson’s trilogy that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is also very popular with travelers.

What else was left behind in the last year?  An elderly couple left behind not one, but a bag full of Karma Sutra books.  Hotels in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool reported the most e-readers left behind. And a CEO who is a regular guest left his collection of comic books.

Here are the rest of the top 10 books left behind in the Travelodge U.K. survey:

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, by Stieg Larsson
4. Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
7. Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James
8. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
10. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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