Fifty Shades of Grey Fringe parody in legal row

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. Picture: Comp
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. Picture: Comp
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A Fifty Shades of Grey parody musical at the Fringe is in legal hot water after failing to clear copyright with the book’s writer EL James.

It is understood that a letter from the author’s legal team has been sent to The Edinburgh Book Club, makers of Fifty shades! The Musical.

The letter asks producers if they sought permission before going ahead with production of the play.

Previous incarnations of Fifty Shades at the Fringe were halted due to copyright issues, but the makers of this year’s show had hoped recent changes to the law would allow it to go ahead.

EL James’ erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey took the world by storm after its 2011 launch, giving rise to the label ‘mummy-porn’.

A film based on the novel is set to be released early next year.