Publisher cracks whip over 'Fifty Shades' spin-offs
PARIS (AFP) - Copy us at your own risk. That is the message sent by the French publisher of Fifty Shades Of Grey, which is cracking the whip at spin-offs of the erotic romance.
Publisher Lattes has trademarked the title of the book, which has sold a quarter of a million copies in France since it hit shelves a month ago, and told AFP it has sent warning letters to two publishers it accuses of infringement.
One of them, Les Editions First, has released Decoding Fifty Shades Of Grey by Ana de Lis and is planning a Fifty Shades Of Grey Cookbook for January.
The second, Contre-dires, published a French translation of 50 Ways To Play: BDSM for Nice People - billed as a practical guide to bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism by Debra and Don Macleod.