’50 Shades of Grey’ And ‘Twilight’ Similarities: Will Any Legal Issues Affect the Making of the Film? (VIDEO)

By: Amanda Hasaka / July 2, 2012

Numerous questions loom around the 50 Shades of Grey film — who will star and direct the big screen adaptation are one of the biggest two in Hollywood.  But another pressing question remains: Will there be any copyright issues when the novel makes its move to the big screen?

EL James’ erotic novel based on Twilight fan fiction features three books in its series, and some media experts and fans alike believe they follow Stephanie Meyer’s romantic vampire tomes almost exactly. 50 Shades focuses on a recent college grad named Anastasia Steele; she enters into a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with a mysterious billionaire named Christian Grey.

Celebuzz’s Amanda Hasaka and Socialite Life’s Kelly Lynch sat down to discuss any potential issues that could surface when filming gets underway. Watch the video above.

We also solicited some other expert advice about any possible copyright infractions.

Celebuzz spoke to attorney Anthony Friedman of Los Angeles firm Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P, who said if any legal action were going to be taken against 50 Shades of Grey, it probably would have already happened.

“If there was an infringement on the copyright, or anything like that, out of the Twilight [books], when the Shades of Grey books came out, they would have stopped it at that point. So, as you move along and then take the book and put it down into a screenplay, by the time you’ve gotten to that point, that book is out there enough, and enough people have gotten it into the commerce and have seen it … If anybody would have had an issue, it would have already happened.”

Watch the video above for more.

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