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    Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case

    This little known story has met a just conclusion, as Sophia Stewart,
    African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due
    from the copyright infringement of her original work!!! Monday, October
    4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the
    Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's
    allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were
    received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge
    Margaret Morrow residing.

    Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past
    five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and
    III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive
    one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross
    receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

    Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt
    had been based on her manuscript, "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981.
    In the mid eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed
    by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works.

    According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that
    more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an
    attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation
    also stated that "credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came
    forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge
    that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers."
    These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it
    had been "often used during preparation of the motion pictures." The
    defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case
    dismissed, without success.

    Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from
    Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One
    on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted
    to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open
    to her story. Others are suspicious and mocking. "It doesn't bother me,"
    said Stewart in a phone interview last week, "I always knew what was
    true."

    Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due
    to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though
    the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own
    explanation, as quoted at aghettotymz.com:

    "The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner
    Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner... this GIANT owns 95 percent
    of the media... let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media
    business... New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines,
    People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment
    Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village
    Roadshow... many, many more!... They are not going to report on
    themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years..."

    Fans who have taken Stewart's allegations seriously, have found eerie
    mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves
    around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the
    Greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation
    about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The
    black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix"

    Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice
    (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case.
    "This is all about the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's not about money
    with me. It's about justice."

    Stewart's future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records,
    and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to
    God. "I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God
    put them here. There's more to life than money," said Stewart. "My whole
    to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality
    over 'technocracy'."

    If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over
    the "technocracy" represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and
    now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

    Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible
    exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to
    nationally publicize her victory. June 13th 2004. Sophia Stewart's press
    release read: "The Matrix & Terminator movie franchises have made world
    history and have ultimately changed the way people view movies and how
    Hollywood does business, yet the real truth about the creator and
    creation of these films continue to elude the masses because the hidden
    secret of the matter is that these films were created and written by a
    Black woman... a Black woman named Sophia Stewart. But Hollywood does
    not want you to know this fact simply because it would change history.
    Also it would encourage our Black children to realize a dream and that
    is... nothing is impossible for them to achieve!"

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    anyone else here about this??

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    Haven't heard anything about this. I thought the Matrix was based on a comic book?
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    she said thats how they got her story...they put a add back in the 80's looking for a sci fi story for a comic book...she submitted her story and never heard anything back from them

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    I didn't see anything in there about the terminator movies. Did she write those too?

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    ehhh, she didnt win anything...they thried to have the case thrown out, but the judge ruled in her favor...

    anyway, i found this interview...this is her story


    Playahata.com: How and when did the Wachowski brothers get a hold of your script called the "Third Eye" to turn it into a movie?

    Sophia Stewart: They got access to my script around 1986. I sent it to them because they had an ad in a national magazine looking for science fiction manuscripts that they were going to turn into a comic book. I sent it to the Wachowski brothers in Chicago. I never heard anything back from them. I had also shopped the script around Hollywood to other places. I did not know anything became of the script until 1999 when I went to the movies to see The Matrix. When I saw it with my friend Seagram, I was astonished, just blown away.



    Playahata.com: Well, the Wachowski brothers have yet to answer your lawyers legal challenges and since they don’t do interviews regarding The Matrix you pretty much have free reign until the trial starts?

    Sophia Stewart: This idea that they don’t do interviews is crazy, when have u ever heard of such a thing, This is one of the hottest movies of all time and they just don’t want to talk about it. They can’t talk about what they don’t understand, these high concepts that I have laid out which came from years of study. I wrote another epic like "Third Eye" called Soul’less it means born without a soul, I can duplicate my Matrix concepts. The Wachowski brothers have no other bodies of work like the Matrix they have Bound and some other assassin movie they did. I have been writing for a long time I worked on Janet Jackson first television feature scripts called “My Special Love” and “Blue Short”. I received my degree in Journalism from City College in New York in 1979. I moved to California to study Cinema at USC Film school, the same school that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg went to. I have studied writing under some of the most famous authors and writers in the world such as Max Segall, Emille Capouya, Paul Cherry etc. To my knowledge the Wachowski Brothers did not even go to film school. I worked as an intern with WNET channel 13 PBS. Check out my bio.



    Playahata.com: First off the majority of people don’t understand how The Terminator plays into this lawsuit, they see a direct connection with your manuscript and The Matrix film. However The Terminator is a different movie, they get confused trying to figure out why you are suing both, please make the connection for us.

    Sophia Stewart: First these two franchises are owned by the same people or movie house. Ok, The Terminator and The Matrix are actually “one book”. That’s my "Third Eye" manuscript. It’s nine chapters but it's all from the same source (no pun intended) Terminator starts from the front of my book to the back. Matrix starts from the back of my book and works its way to the front. They are moving in two opposite directions. My book was separated into two. "The Third Eye" is an epic, my book spans three time frames the past, the present and the future. Those films do the same thing. The child in the first Terminator who is born to the pregnant lady (Sarrah Connor) grows up to be the same as the grown man character in the Matrix called Neo, it’s that chosen one, savior concept. Matrix starts in the future, when technology has taken over. The Terminator was sent to kill the child who was prophesized to destroy the machines. That intersects directly with Neo as being the one prophesized to bring the machine reign to an end. One critic who is unaware of my lawsuit called the movies cousins but they are actually one in the same in the original.



    Playahata.com: I see the themes being the same like Man vs Machine or Technology vs Humanity, both have the apocalyptic vision of world ending as we know it if the machines win. The artificial intelligence wanting to survive on its own.
    Sophia Stewart: When you read "The Third Eye", you will see it's all one story. You have to understand I am very subtle with the way I write, I work on the subliminal. When I write I don’t want people to be able to tell my race or gender. Look at Octavia Butler the most famous black female science fiction writer they never put her work on the big screen.



    Playahata.com: WAIT, I want to back track why didn’t you come out with the lawsuit after The Terminator movie came out since The Terminator was before The Matrix?

    Sophia Stewart: I have not seen The Terminator film so I never knew. They can’t punish me for not having seen The Terminator. Actually my friend James Perry read the "Third Eye" and said "wow, this is The Terminator movie" but initially I never paid much attention to him. To this day the studio only tried to dismiss my case by saying the statue of limitation had expired but copyright laws go by “discovery date”, so they start from when the plaintiff discovers the problem. I currently work as a paralegal so I know about the law. When I moved to file the lawsuit against the Wachowski Brothers / Matrix in Federal court the FBI investigated and established the connection with the Terminator film for me, they established my work as having been used in the Terminator , other wise it would have just been the Matrix in my lawsuit.. Letters to me by the FBI called “evidence of access” establish my work on site. Bruce I want you to emphasize this point cause people need to understand this, “what is protected under the copyright is the expression”. These concepts have been around for thousand of years but what my copyright protects is the expression. My story is a science fiction story, its created in a science fiction form and all the subliminal esoteric stuff is unique that is my expression, so the concepts may not be new, nobody can own a concept but it is how these ideas were presented, the expression which the law protects. Copyrights last for about.175 years



    Playahata.com: Before we go into the heart of your story, I want to discuss some of the court documents that you have provided me with and some of the more dramatic points that you have shared with us. The infamous term of Arnold’s –“I ‘ll be back.” – you say that you created that right?.

    Sophia Stewart: Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on the Howard Stern show and Stern asked him about the popular phrase. “I’ll be back”. Stern asked where did it come from. Arnold told him that he did not know where it came from because it wasn’t in the script. He said one of the directors or producers on the set just told him to say it and he has been saying it ever since. That “I’ll be back” quote is in my original script which is copy written from 1981.It wasn’t written in the movie script but it was in my book, the "Third Eye". I can prove that, my manuscript is physical evidence of who had it first.



    Playahata.com: Lets go over a few striking similarities between your manuscript and the movie, you have the Character Named Icon which can be translated to the one sacred persona, I means first and we all know that the name Neo is a anagram for the word One and in the movie they call him “The One” and he is a sacred personage. What other similarities from characters in your book and the Matrix can you tell us about?

    Sophia Stewart: I have what’s called a character analysis sheet, that profiles all of my characters and all mostly all the matrix characters have parallels of my people. In my work I had illustrations and logo’s to compare them with also. The FBI investigators used this to establish things. Icon gets blinded and the gold light comes out of his eyes, Neo has the same experience. I can show you the page and all of that in my book. Icon’s human side dies and he is reborn and Neo’s human side dies and he is reborn, Icon comes into spiritual power and Neo comes into spiritual power. I have the old gypsy hag and they have the Oracle they work in the same capacity. In "Third Eye" my character Trafeeny has been renamed Trinity ,Vashtar is renamed Morpheus, X’sers is Apock (sp) , Un becomes Cypher, Sona is Switch, Treve is Mouse, That is straight theft no real creativity even in their theft. I have the three levels of authority which was 3 guys that could pass their power off to each other - they all become one man that is the three agents. In my book I have The Dome which is a hidden city above the earth they have Zion which is a hidden city below the Earth. I have the Guardians they have the Sentinels.


    http://www.playahata.com/pages/inte...astewartpt1.htm

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    http://davidpoland.typepad.com/theho...n_termina.html

    I think that first post is a false story?
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    Well, if she is right, then that Third Eye story of hers sounds like a kick ass sci-fi book.
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    Does anyone have any legitimate sources of this story other than random blogs?
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    The newspaper (local college paper) that originally release the story also released this:

    In reference to the recent article entitled "Mother of the Matrix Victorious," some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. Stewart to proceed with her case, as all attempts to have it dismissed were unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart's case will proceed through the Central District Court of California.

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    Man, and I thought the Matrix Series was developed through many aspects/ideaology from religion,philosphy and sci-fi/fantasy.
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    Bummer!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by twm5993
    Does anyone have any legitimate sources of this story other than random blogs?
    Yeah, I can't see why this wouldn't be in major news outlets. Even Time Warner wouldn't be able to keep this on the DL.
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    Matrix stuff is pretty believable but I don't think they stole "I'll be back".. people have been saying that since the industrial revolution and I doubt she just thought it up exactly the way arnold says it..
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