Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie

Posted: 18/02/2010 in Current Affairs
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Black 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!!!

A six-year dispute has ended 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 presiding.

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, a 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 and 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 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!’

Greg Thomas, Editor

Courtesy of CNN IReport ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-358749

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Comments
  1. e cig juice says:

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    but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later.
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  2. Jim E Henson says:

    What is known and what folks tell you,Its all bs,anyone can say anything.And I remember reading the Sumerian,text long ago and what we have here is plagiarism.It was written some 7000 years ago,they talked of everything that the matrices conveys And yes they had stories of the wars of the gods The tablets talk of space travel Gene modification,you would think the lawyers knew.But then again its all main stream and their eyes are closed.to the real history.But I hope she understands they have their own security force.And she is messing with the Yakuza.

  3. Alvin says:

    WOW!! Maybe now Hollywood will do a film to educate the dumbos how Rock-n-Roll started.

  4. wow!!! i would have never known!!! I am even more and more proud to be a black woman right now!!! God is great!!!

  5. BigDog says:

    White people have been stealing black peoples ideas for centuries, finally some justice.

  6. Reblogged this on BKNOVELIST and commented:
    Outstanding!

  7. Marc says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am glad truth eventually triumphed.

  8. I am pleased for Sophia The Matrix is telling us that world is an illusion. Mystics have been telling us this for thousands of years, we are in a simulated reality and the Universe is an Hologram. I don’t find that scary I find that liberating. When will the idiots who are destroying the planet through their greed realize this is a school and you can only graduate to the next level by being Loving and Caring:

    “Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God.”
    Julian of Norwich

  9. […] Turns out the Matrix WAS largely based upon someone else’s work.  Took 14 years to prove it! […]

  10. sportstalkwith3js says:

    Reblogged this on sportstalkwith3js and commented:
    Its been a long time coming

  11. Plknela says:

    Wow I’m happy to see this happening!

  12. Kema says:

    It’s about time.

    If there’s any thing to be learned from her fight it’s that you can get away with dirt some of the time but not all of the time.

  13. Dennis says:

    Great victory. Truth may not run as fast as a lie, but in the end will win the race every time.

  14. jestene tucker bowen says:

    So good, so Bless for her. Why must the big Corporation think that they can just stomp all over the little people. Creative thinking comes from all walks of people, if it’s my ideal why not pay me my just do, don’t try to Swindell me out of what’s rightfully mines. .Boom in that order… To her Cha Chang. ….

  15. hatshepsut says:

    Wow this is wonderful the most high was watching over her, that is wonderful queen.

  16. Bruce jordan says:

    In this world of darkness and light’. the truth gets it’s day in court. day’,s like this are here!

  17. Nicky says:

    OUF tant mieux justice est faite !!!!!!!!

  18. Annette Belk Tomlin says:

    GB you my sister & PRAISE God that you He seen you through also He gave you the insight to creatively write this piece may you continue in your pursue & be Blessed One Love!!

  19. barbrahk says:

    Good for her!

  20. Josh says:

    I suggest a SIMPLE google search Sophia Stewart or a google search of:
    Stewart v. Wachowski, 574 F. Supp. 2d 1074 (C.D. Cal. 2005)

    JUSTICE! Thnk gudness the trooth can still be hurd.

    • Josh says:

      In case you didn’t get the sarcasm, I was making fun of this post being up for two years now even though the story is completely false. Should probably amend or remove it.

  21. Author, how do I get in with Ms. Sophia?

  22. Mputle says:

    These news are pleasing and I’m happy for her. Hollywood has a lot of dark and dirty secrets they don’t want the world to know.

  23. R Gayle. says:

    Met her years ago while i was doing security In nyc and she told me..i always believed her..she drove away in a limo saying i was the creator of matrix..IM Glad she won..

  24. Vindication is what I’m talking about, she persevered and got the job done, Congratulations Miss lady..

  25. Raphaloujo says:

    Sooooooooo happy for you! Finally. I had been waiting to see the truth come out. To God/The Universe/ The spirit be the glory!

  26. Janice says:

    Janice

    Thank you for writing this blog and bringing the truth to life.

    To the author, even bigger thanks for your contribution and talent to our lives. I am sure no amount of money can justify the legal horrors and emotional aspect of many years of your life due to this. Thank you for standing by your work, sticking with your lawsuit and not ‘disappearing’ as they were hoping.

  27. kenglish says:

    Her lawyer’s name is JESUS!!

  28. david carson says:

    I was routing for her, til all the “God talk.”

  29. Gina Johnson says:

    I’m glad she continued to persue this and did not stop. Victory for the little people.

  30. tiny says:

    This has been going on forever-in the music business as well. the record companies took young artists songs, drugged them on some real creepy drug, put them in an institution, and sold the songs to the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith etc. I know 2 kids that this happened to. White kids. One was my sister. Of course no one would believe them because they were “crazy’, right? Look at the music business in the old days. All the Rock’n’Roll songs that were stollen from Black song writers MADE the music business. Nothing would surprise me. Men would kill babies for money. And Do.

    • well i don’t know about that, but it is known fact that Elvis stole music from african american artist from his time. he wasn’t the only one. i’m not even sure if race has anything to do with it either. the entertainment biz is full of scammers and swindlers

    • Hameyo says:

      AMEN!!

  31. Justice….what a mighty word…and even mightier reality…PTL Praise the Lord….Well done king Jesus from whom Justice flows…she stood with you and you gave her, her victory! Awesome story, biblical in indeed….Modern day bible stuff…the woman,,in this case a black women against the media giants…her faith in God borough her through…along with her pin and faithful loyal crew????…Amen! And again, I say AMEN.

  32. shaun says:

    I think she meant to the companies, it’s all about the benjamins…not for herself.

  33. Marlon S. says:

    That’s crazy…. Great story. To think that i’ve never heard of it before is amazing. Two franchisees that I love and saw get soo much media and internet buzz. Though I’m not surprised at all that the ideas for both came from a different source or that it was taken from a black person by a white man. Nor that even it was coverd up by the mainstream media. What is surprising is that all the time people rush to report lessor stories on nonsense or even half worthy information, no one picked up on this until now.

    ” You still believe that’s air your breathing”………..
    

  34. Robert says:

    just brings to light that you have no freedom of choice. five companies own all the media. the same thing goes for the supermarket five or six companies on all the products

    • Leslie Cuttino says:

      I’m happy for you Ms. Stewart it’s nice to see justice. God Bless You.

    • Rodney says:

      Robert I totally agree, people don’t realize this plus they dictate to us what is and isn’t important news..

  35. Michelle Watts says:

    Get your coins Ms. Stewart…If Hollywood could make out from your work then you should get paid for your work, it is as simple as that! Congratulations! The Matrix and Terminator are truly some of the best movies ever made. Thank you!

  36. Tanya Parker says:

    What is her lawyer’s name?

  37. Jayesh Patel says:

    Its good she won the case….she deserves it for her talent…not that she is Black Author…….What a stupid headline for this blog.

    • Sandra says:

      I wholly agree!

      • Danisej says:

        I think it is important to recognize that she is a black author. Within American history there is African American history. Its important for me to share this with my children. She even mentions that this will encourage them and others that the can be whatever they want to be in life. Now she is one of the greatest icons of Sci-fi movie history!

    • Sundi says:

      It’s the perfect headline. This can be shared for motivation with our youth that their work can be great one day and how much of an impact it could have. The media and music these days is definitely the wrong way to go about it. It can also be a heads-up to youth to protect their work.

      I’ll say it again- “Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie” is the perfect headline

  38. Ddjs says:

    Great info!!!…never would have known. I am so happy for her.

  39. KUJIFI Dauda says:

    I humbly but strongly disagree with JoAnn. I agree one hundred percent with Niece and George Lewis. It does matter very much, about her race, because if this were the work of a white woman – she would be more famous than the ‘Harry Potter’ author. These movies have greatly impacted people of all races far outside of America. It is very important and only fair that black people the world over, know this truth and as George Lewis says – she is an inspiration, something greatly needed among black people, not only in America but the world over.

    • Im in total ageement with Kujifi Dauda, i couldn’t have stated it better,some Ppl. are still in denial of the history of Black Ppl’s and Black Americans continual struggles against injustices in the media …Good on you Ms. Stewart , we’re very proud of your tenacity and standing up against the Establishment …

    • truthteller says:

      Time Warner, what angels….what kind of racism is that?……how many other artist have been supressed. Revelation says all that is done in the dark will come to light…Just watch.. Race made all the matter in this ugly ugly, unjust magnanimous race.

  40. ghalaax says:

    Creator of the Matrix.. That may explain why the Oracle is a black woman ;)
    At least, she will get rewarded for her work and that is the most important part.
    Nice job :)

  41. Nick says:

    So first let me start by saying awesome job and way to fight the good fight.. Also would love to read “the third eye” but when it quotes you as saying ” I wrote it to wake people up and show them there is more to life then money” just saying miss you sued for 2.5 billion dollars and earlier in the article said “it’s all about the Benjamin’s” lol I found that ironic! But I digress cudos to you and I’ll look your work up awesome stories if you wrote them I’m a huge fan and I didn’t even know it

    • mbhcu98 says:

      Snopes.com

    • Jack says:

      You are really good at taking things out of context. The article doesn’t state that she sued for 2.5 billion dollars. It states that the gross receipts of the Matrix and Terminator movies and sequels are over 2.5 billion dollars. Also, she states that it’s all about the Benjamins in rather than racial injustice from the perspective of the Film Industry. She doesn’t contradict herself in this article.

      Cheers!

    • Le'eve says:

      I think she was implying that it was all about the Benjamins for those that stole her work. Wouldn’t you want to be compensated for your work? especially work that was taken from you? I would, roll in the dollars. Now, it just makes it that much more comfortable for her to do the work she REALLY wants to do.

    • Sharita says:

      Hey there! If you read the article in it’s proper context, you’d realize the mention of it “being all about the Benjamin’s” was Stewart’s response to being asked if the reason for her story being stolen, and her identity being kept under the table was due to her race. Her reply indicated that this whole ordeal was not because she is black, but because Warner Bros & partners wanted the money.

      In regards to her suing them, that is only fair, it has nothing to do with being about money! Would you just sit back and let someone make billions off of your work, and not get what’s due you? Most likely not.
      For the record, the article didn’t say she sued for 2.5 billion, it said the gross receipt for both films and their sequel totaled 2.5 billion dollars.
      I just wanted to make sure you were getting the actual understanding of this article.

      Sharita Leon- http://www.Facebook.com/CoachSharita
      http://Www.SharitaLeon.com

    • Nick… Of course she sued for what is rightfully hers. That is only partial justice seeing she was robbed of her recognition. Even now, it is not widely broadcasted. And when she said it’s all about the Benjamins…she was referring to those that robbed her.

    • Tfain1 says:

      I think you are misinterpreting the meaning of what was said…the third eye was about the awakening…”all about the Benjamins” is referencing the guys who own the media…she has been suing this company since 1999…the cost of this lawsuit might very well costed billions and we just don’t know the financial sacrifices she has endure

    • Tiffany says:

      RIGHT!

    • Richard says:

      @ Nick you misread the entire story, the movies gross 2.5b .where in the story does it said “she sued for 2.5b”. paragraph 3. “as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars”. also ”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.’

    • Ian says:

      You are all correct that she didn’t contradict herself with the money issue on her end. But she did contradict herself with the “all about the benjamins” line. That was her reaction to being asked if she thinks the theft and coverup was due to racial issues. She says no, to those who did this it was about money not race. Yet then, if you read her press release that is quoted at the bottom, she says otherwise.

      ‘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!’

      That doesn’t say anything about money. According to her it was about race. So, is there or isn’t there a race issue in her mind?

  42. Hooray for authors everywhere. It warms the heart when justice is served. This is a case of David and Goliath

    • Jaysee coney says:

      As A Long time writer, I Applaud Ms Sophia Stewart For believing IN HER GOD! HER SELF! & HER WORK! You made Me GET Off My Ass And Get back To The Creating Table and Created! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! I Have some Great Storys I would like you to read ! How can I get in Contact With you and Here’s my Email Jaysee1@sbcglobal.net Yours Truly Jaysee

    • truthteller says:

      indeed!

  43. MQNIQUE says:

    white men have been screwing black women forever, so this doesnt surprise me at all. they stole our families, our innocence, our stories… people may forget, but God never does!

  44. You Are Superman says:

    Bravo!

  45. ACesPlace says:

    Good for you! Stand up for yourself and try to get as much of the alternative media as possible to tell your story.

  46. AWESOME Article i have been sharing it all day

    • carol savage says:

      you go gurl!!!

    • I agree, an awesome victory.

      • Martina says:

        Wow! Who knew?.. This story is a Great example of what Galatians 6:9 says:

        And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
        Ms. Stewarts faith, patience, perseverance, and humility paid off in the end. Congratulations and now lets begin to count your $$ Benjamins! :-)

  47. Lin Wood says:

    Sophia Stewart [Mother of the Matrix] on Veritas Radio   |   The Third Eye: Where It All Begins…


     (1h17m30s)

  48. Mike says:

    Where does James Cameron stand in all this? Since he made Terminator. He is after all one of Hollywood’s golden boys, so I imagine they did their best to keep his name out of it.

  49. Tonya D. Goff says:

    I am joyous for her triumph. The Matrix Series helped me to accept who I am as a spiritual being and was my guide during my journey of awakening. I am forever grateful for the Beautiful work!

  50. Nina Kaytel says:

    I always wanted The Matrix to be a story/book/novella.

  51. Michael HarmonDavis says:

    Bravo! Nuff Said…

  52. JoAnn says:

    I don’t care if she is Male or Female….Black, White, Hispanic or any other ethnic group.

    What is Ms Stewart …. a talented author that had her works stolen. Justice definitely prevailed!!!!

  53. Reblogged this on journeyofjordannaeast and commented:
    A friend of mine on Facebook told me that he submitted a screenplay or something to some Hollywood connections of his. Soon after Ray Donovan hit Showtime and he claims it was pretty much stolen from his idea. It’s such a shame when people are trying to climb the ladder of success with their art and their ideas and people that are less talented but more connected take advantage. I’m so glad this woman was able to see justice and recognition for her vision.

  54. mbhcu98 says:

    Color doesn’t matter? Yeah right. How important is it for a black child, who has nothing and not a bright future, to see that those billion dollar movies were created by a Black person? Things like that don’t matter…….. to white people but, that’s because you guys have countless models of creation and money in your history, here in the U.S. YOUR OPINION ISN’T RIGHT, IT’S JUST YOUR OPINION.

    • theother says:

      Well said

      • JoAnn says:

        Seeing as how I am not white and that I said that it shouldn’t matter what color the author is, what I say still doesn’t matter because it doesn’t conform to what a black person should believe?!?!?!? Oh and by the way, I am not married to a white person either!!!

    • Yes! right on and well said! isn’t it funny and typical for white people to Always minimize Black people’s progress and success? SMH This Is a Big deal that a BLACK women was able to Defeat the White establishment in Hollywood! Hip Hop Hoorah!!

    • truthteller says:

      your right on the target with that comment, color mattered just as much as it did in chattel slavery, what an ugly ugly company is Time Warner.

  55. DeAnna says:

    I didn’t read that you won you case yet, so I am still praying for your Victory in Jesus. I am happy that I read your story because my daughter is a recent film student grad from the Art Inst.in L
    A. I will forward this story onto her as a beware of predators because they are still out there. Keep pressing on my Sistah

  56. Vee Ivanhoe says:

    Poweful story of victory

  57. Pastor James F. Matthews says:

    What a blessed Woman i thank God for the wisdom knowledge and understanding that he has given Ms. Stewart and the Spirituality as well,May God continue to bless you Ms.Stewart.

  58. cmac says:

    I am so happy to see that Ms. Stewart was consistent, persistent and focused which provided the faith in the moment of doubt, and courage in the face of Goliath(TW, W.Brothers, and Joe Silva

  59. Wesley Yount says:

    Black. Red. Yellow. Green. Or Blue. Her color is irrelevant. Her plight & creativity are, however. I’ve been a fan of The Terminator & Matrix series since I was young. The resilience of Ms Stewart to essentially blow these media giants out of the water is highly admirable. My hat goes off to her.

    • Mary says:

      Exactly!!! Kudos Mrs. Stewart….

    • Niece says:

      It does matter about her race. This is not an isolated event when you link it to history. Many feel they can rob us of our talent and have done so and got away with it in our past. This is an important triumph in African American history. I will definitely tell my sons and family about this with pride.

      • truthteller says:

        just like we as Africans make up 90% of the n.b.a. and 75% of the N.F.L. yet being robbed and dictated to by the ownerships of the franchises whom are probably the same as Time Warner.or they at least have the same devilish mindset….

  60. Akil El says:

    That’s not the only truth that’s being hidden from the American public when it comes to our (Moorish Americans)people contributions to this country!!!

  61. George Lewis says:

    This is important information for our children and the world to know. She is a inspiration to have fought and won this battle. Bravo! Bravo, Ms Stewart!!

  62. Wow. Such a huge injustice here! It’s interesting how big companies can stomp and infringe on the rights of others. Matrix was one of my favorite movies. Hopefully she comes out with new material.

  63. WOW..and WOW…Very happy to know JUSTICE has finally come. Thank you for standing up for what is right and YOU!!!!

  64. Systajunie says:

    Can any one provide a current status on this case. Hss this case reached a conclusion/decision? All Ihave read so far seem to relate to the early law suit. Jjago of Oxford England

  65. B says:

    What was the source for this article? People are saying she was falsely credited with a win before. And that on the final hearing she was a no-show (which doesn’t make sense to me but this is what’s being posted in somebody else’s article).

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