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Title: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 05, 2005, 12:25:45 PM
Found this off of another website. For those of you who are entertainment industry junkies, please read this article closely. What happened to her could easily happen to you. What's ironic is that this case has not gotten any media attention....Find out why.

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Sophia Stewart
 

To All You so-called Matrix fans, I bet this is something that ain’t featured on that limited edition DVD.  Industry Rule #4,081, movie industry people are shady too.

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!!!

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-TimeWarner... 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..."

 
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!"



Sophia Stewart, whatever color pill you ultimately decide to take, you are Not Ghetto.

(http://img66.exs.cx/img66/1166/notghettosophiastewartpic5hz.jpg)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: shiveringjenny on March 05, 2005, 12:33:44 PM
this actually has had a fair amount of media attention depending on what kind of media you're looking at. i doubt it was on cnn, but it was all over gaming and technology websites a while back ago. i really would like to read this script-- it's like random people in hollywood have been raping it for years.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: foxnewssucks on March 05, 2005, 12:35:39 PM
take that?  ???
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: Braden on March 05, 2005, 12:45:51 PM
I second Franz remark.

Does anyone care what color the writer/creator of a movie they watched?

Also, I would not want credit for any of the Matrix sequels.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: A.J on March 05, 2005, 12:47:19 PM
Black women can write?


JOKING!!!  ;D
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 05, 2005, 01:13:13 PM
Have you ever thought that they probably tried creative editing so that they could hide the fact that they were thieves and con artitst? That's probably why the sequels were so terrible LOL. The Take that remark was more for Warner Brothers and the Wachowski Brothers. I hope strips their bank accounts dry. Whoever was her attorney is seriously getting a nice pay check.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 06:15:58 AM
Yeah, I dunno about the "Take that" in the subject line.  We don't need to rub it in anybody's face that the Matrix creator was Black and I think everybody knows or has heard this story by now.  I first heard about this story about a year ago after the 2nd matrix came out.

What is at issue here is how the Wachowski's pawned that sh!t off like their own.  That's just  mean man, its MEAN!!!

From what I understand, Stewart wrote the Story "The Third Eye" whic basically is about how man creates machines that end up "terminating" mankind and humanity as we know it.  Which explains why the themes of the Terminator and the Matrix are similar in that regard.

It also helps to explain why the Matrix sequels seem to stray from the original story line.  The Wachowski bro's wrote part II and III, and might I take this time to add that I am a die hard Matrix fan but part III was the biggest let down, piece of trash garbage ending to a trillogy ever put on the silver screen.  But it would follow that they would mess up the next two movies since they didn't write the first one...not conceptually anyway.

Intellectual Property...its a b!tch.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...Take that!
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 06:48:59 AM
This case is still going on but so far this is what has happened:

SOPHIA STEWART, Plaintiff, vs. ANDY WACHOWSKI, et al., Defendants.

CASE NO. CV 03-2873 MMM (VBKx)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
 
September 27, 2004, Decided 

OVERVIEW: Defendants [Wachowski's] claimed that any infringement claims based upon the creation, production, and distribution of the first two films in which these defendants were involved were barred by § 507(b) because any acts of infringement took place 10 to 20 years earlier upon the release of the two films. They alleged that any infringement as to the third film was barred by the doctrine of laches. The court refused to dismiss the owner's claim because the complaint alleged no facts from which the court could conclude that the owner [Stewart] either saw or should have seen defendants' films more than three years prior to the filing of the present lawsuit. Thus, the court found that the statute of limitations was not triggered as to those claims. Additionally, the court could not dismiss any of the claims based upon the doctrine of laches because the owner alleged willful copyright infringement, for which a laches defense was not available. The court could not determine if the claims of willful infringement could be proven. Finally, the court could not impute knowledge of infringement on the owner or determine from the face of the pleadings on a motion to dismiss when the owner learned of any infringement.

FIRST OUTCOME: The court denied defendants' [Wachowskis'] motion to dismiss the owner's [Stewart's] first amended complaint.

OVERVIEW: Defendants [Wachowskis] sought to strike a paragraph in the owner's [Stewart's] complaint related to statements made during the course of settlement negotiations, alleging that the statements should be stricken as inadmissible under Fed. R. Evid. 408. The owner disputed that the statements were a part of settlement negotiations and further claimed that the statements were admissible to show knowledge and state of mind. The court declined to strike the statements given the uncertainties as to the admissibility of the statements for other purposes, the fact that motions to strike were generally disfavored, and the fact that no allegations were made that defendants had been prejudiced by the presence of the statements in the complaint. The court found that defendants could move to exclude the evidence, if appropriate, later in the proceedings.

SECOND OUTCOME: The court denied defendants' [Wachowskis'] motion to strike without prejudice.

OVERVIEW: The screenwriter [Stewart] alleged that she was the originator of certain copyrighted works, including a treatment and a screenplay both titled "The Third Eye," and that she submitted the works to various of the defendants [Wachowskis], who appropriated the works as their own property in the making of the motion pictures. The defendants argued that her copyright infringement claim was insufficient to constitute a predicate act under the RICO statute as a matter of law, but the court found that 17 U.S.C.S. § 506(a) and 18 U.S.C.S. § 2319 now served to make copyright infringement a suitable predicate act for purposes of RICO. The complaint contained only superficial allegations regarding the nature of the defendants' purported scheme to defraud, the identity of the members of the scheme, the manner in which defendants' communications were fraudulent, or the manner in which they furthered the fraudulent scheme. Although some of the allegations as to distinct entities for purposes of criminal enterprises were sufficient, the screenwriter was required to replead the allegations sounding in fraud, which included the copyright allegations in this case, to comply with the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b).

THIRD OUTCOME: The defendants' [Wachowskis'] motion to dismiss the RICO claims was granted with leave to amend the complaint to remedy the deficiencies therein within twenty days of the date of the order.

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So basically Wachowski's tried to get her on the statute of limitations rap, saying she filed her complaint way too late but the court rejected that argument; then the Wachowski's tried to get a certain paragraph of her complaint thrown out that mentioned where they talked about a settlement before trial, but the court rejected that motion and wants to include the paragraph; and lastly Stewart tried to generally claim that the Wachowski's were guilty of fraud and racketering, the Wachowskis got the racketering claim thrown out and as far as the fraud claim you can't claim fraud generally, you have to be specific, so Stewart has to go back and rewrite her fraud claim.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 09, 2005, 11:35:52 AM
Wow what an interesting case. Burning since you want to go into IP law, what do you think about this case and the outcome?
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 12:02:08 PM
I'd have to go back and read the facts of the case but on the surface it sounds like she has a strong argument against them on the IP fraud count.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: rick8481 on March 09, 2005, 01:14:46 PM
This kind of S*** really ticks me off.  I was a fan of the matrix since I watched the 1st movie 5 times in the theatre!!!(yes, i am a dork)  I used to think the two guys who assumed credit for it were pure f**king geniuses.  I was the biggest terminator fan when I was a little kid.  I do think it is kind of odd how this story hasn't received more attention.  You don't stand a chance in the media when you are suing the media. 

I would really like to see the script that Ms. Stewart wrote.

I feel dirty having taken so much enjoyment from watching these movies while Ms. Stewart got the shaft.

Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: shiveringjenny on March 09, 2005, 02:13:41 PM
i fully feel that the wachowski brother and sister are a couple of cheap hacks. they had us all fooled with the matrix, but then they came out with the rest of the trilogy, which totally sucked ass in every imaginable way.

hell, i don't even own matrix 2 and 3, and i own the dvd of practically every movie that comes out (this is a slight exaggeration, but still). i refuse to buy them because they suck. in my mind the matrix stands alone and is not the member of some trilogy.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: selfish crab on March 09, 2005, 02:27:45 PM
I don't buy it.  I've seen this story before on many nonreputable forums, but  I can't find it anywhere on any news site.  The original post attempts to explain this:

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"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-TimeWarner... 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...

but much of that statement is false.   NYtimes is independently owned by the New York Times Corporation.  NewsWeek is owned by Washington Post Company.    Not to even mention the entire News Corp Co., who owns Fox News channel, who I'm sure would love to take Warner Bros to task for this.  For completeness, here's a complete list of companies under the Time Warner umbrella (http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/timewarner.asp), compiled by the columbia Journalism Review.

Burning, you cite a case here; I want to believe the text, but can you provide a link of where you got your text from?   The closest I can dig up is this:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument)
But it mentions no details of a case or the outcome.  This could just be any lady suing the Brothers.

Also the story mentions the Terminator movies from out of nowhere.  The Wachowski brothers had nothing to do with these movies.   The movies were based on sci fi writer Harlan Ellison's screenplays (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/fullcredits#writers).

So, for a number of inconsistences, and a lack of primary sources backing it up, I believe this story is false.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 09, 2005, 02:30:22 PM
Hmmm....Interesting.

Matrix 2 and 3 does suck, now I understand why.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: shiveringjenny on March 09, 2005, 02:39:59 PM
I don't buy it.  I've seen this story before on many nonreputable forums, but  I can't find it anywhere on any news site.  The original post attempts to explain this:

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"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-TimeWarner... 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...

but much of that statement is false.   NYtimes is independently owned by the New York Times Corporation.  NewsWeek is owned by Washington Post Company.    Not to even mention the entire News Corp Co., who owns Fox News channel, who I'm sure would love to take Warner Bros to task for this.  For completeness, here's a complete list of companies under the Time Warner umbrella (http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/timewarner.asp), compiled by the columbia Journalism Review.

Burning, you cite a case here; I want to believe the text, but can you provide a link of where you got your text from?   The closest I can dig up is this:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument)
But it mentions no details of a case or the outcome.  This could just be any lady suing the Brothers.

Also the story mentions the Terminator movies from out of nowhere.  The Wachowski brothers had nothing to do with these movies.   The movies were based on sci fi writer Harlan Ellison's screenplays (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/fullcredits#writers).

So, for a number of inconsistences, and a lack of primary sources backing it up, I believe this story is false.

http://www.matrix-explained.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=514&page=1&sort=1&perpage=6&=
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Ninja on March 09, 2005, 03:14:41 PM
I imagine this kind of stuff goes on all the time in the movie business.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Lexington on March 09, 2005, 03:29:45 PM
I don't buy it.  I've seen this story before on many nonreputable forums, but  I can't find it anywhere on any news site.  The original post attempts to explain this:

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"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-TimeWarner... 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...

but much of that statement is false.   NYtimes is independently owned by the New York Times Corporation.  NewsWeek is owned by Washington Post Company.    Not to even mention the entire News Corp Co., who owns Fox News channel, who I'm sure would love to take Warner Bros to task for this.  For completeness, here's a complete list of companies under the Time Warner umbrella (http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/timewarner.asp), compiled by the columbia Journalism Review.

Burning, you cite a case here; I want to believe the text, but can you provide a link of where you got your text from?   The closest I can dig up is this:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument)
But it mentions no details of a case or the outcome.  This could just be any lady suing the Brothers.

Also the story mentions the Terminator movies from out of nowhere.  The Wachowski brothers had nothing to do with these movies.   The movies were based on sci fi writer Harlan Ellison's screenplays (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/fullcredits#writers).

So, for a number of inconsistences, and a lack of primary sources backing it up, I believe this story is false.

It's not a story its a court case.  If you have access to lexis nexis, you can look it up for yourself.  The relevant citations are: 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26606, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26607, & 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 266068

Here are the highlights (as I see them):

Sophia Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript to Twentieth Century Fox in 1981.  The first Terminator was released in 1984.  In 1986, Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript directly to the Wachowski Brothers and received no response.  In 1999, Stewart learned of the comic book series and film "The Matrix" produced by the Wachowski's and filed a copyright infringement claim with the FBI.  She did not actually file for recovery of damages for the alleged copyright infringement of Matrix and Terminator(s) until 2003.  Fox attempted to dismiss the allegations related to the Terminator citing the statute of limitations.  Denied.

The reasoning behind why the case has gotten little media attention may be speculation, but the facts are the facts.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 09, 2005, 03:31:51 PM
I'm not sure why anyone is so surprised. Hollywood is full of theives in suits...I bet half of the material that gets produced isn't even by the original author. Just like rap music, half of the artists out there have ghost writers.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 05:14:12 PM
I don't buy it.  I've seen this story before on many nonreputable forums, but  I can't find it anywhere on any news site.  The original post attempts to explain this:

Burning, you cite a case here; I want to believe the text, but can you provide a link of where you got your text from?   The closest I can dig up is this:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument)
But it mentions no details of a case or the outcome.  This could just be any lady suing the Brothers.

Also the story mentions the Terminator movies from out of nowhere.  The Wachowski brothers had nothing to do with these movies.   The movies were based on sci fi writer Harlan Ellison's screenplays (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/fullcredits#writers).

So, for a number of inconsistences, and a lack of primary sources backing it up, I believe this story is false.


Engineer,

First of all, I'm an engineer.  So I feel where you're coming from you want to see proof. Me too.  The case I cited is an actual case. Like Lexington said, if you have access to Lexisnexis.com or Westlaw.com then you can look it up for yourself.  I cut and pasted the summaries exaclty as they appear there.

If you have access to these websites then you can pull any case in any court. But you usually have to be a lawyer or law student to have such access so I don't expect you to have it.  THIS STORY IS NOT FALSE.  I'm in law school, kid.  If it appears in my databanks, its a real life case, rest assured.  I don't study make believe cases.

You asked for a link.  You have to be a member of lexisnexis.com or westlaw.com to be able to see my link.

So join lexisnexis.com and go here:

http://web.lexis.com/lawschoolreg/xlinklogin04.asp?key=5a8781d10315f85a8d7e14b1f8ca7fe3&pp=002&ORIGINATION_CODE=00090&com=2&interface=1&source=6323name%28stewart%20AND%20wachowski%29&search=name%28stewart%20AND%20wachowski%29&autosubmit=yes&tocdisplay=off&topframe=on&powernav=on


Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 05:24:08 PM
BTW, as I mentioned before but it seems to need to be reiterated again, this case is STILL IN PROGRESS.  It has not been decided yet.  This case has made it thru the pleadings phase, the pretrial phase, and has STARTED trial.  It has not received a final judgment yet.

Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: mxpocc on March 09, 2005, 05:31:06 PM
I don't buy it.  I've seen this story before on many nonreputable forums, but  I can't find it anywhere on any news site.  The original post attempts to explain this:

Quote
"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-TimeWarner... 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...

but much of that statement is false.   NYtimes is independently owned by the New York Times Corporation.  NewsWeek is owned by Washington Post Company.    Not to even mention the entire News Corp Co., who owns Fox News channel, who I'm sure would love to take Warner Bros to task for this.  For completeness, here's a complete list of companies under the Time Warner umbrella (http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/timewarner.asp), compiled by the columbia Journalism Review.

Burning, you cite a case here; I want to believe the text, but can you provide a link of where you got your text from?   The closest I can dig up is this:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/__8825681c00809c4d.nsf/0/f48d924b0f93966d88256f17006b3493?OpenDocument)
But it mentions no details of a case or the outcome.  This could just be any lady suing the Brothers.

Also the story mentions the Terminator movies from out of nowhere.  The Wachowski brothers had nothing to do with these movies.   The movies were based on sci fi writer Harlan Ellison's screenplays (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/fullcredits#writers).

So, for a number of inconsistences, and a lack of primary sources backing it up, I believe this story is false.

It's not a story its a court case.  If you have access to lexis nexis, you can look it up for yourself.  The relevant citations are: 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26606, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26607, & 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 266068

Here are the highlights (as I see them):

Sophia Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript to Twentieth Century Fox in 1981.  The first Terminator was released in 1984.  In 1986, Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript directly to the Wachowski Brothers and received no response.  In 1999, Stewart learned of the comic book series and film "The Matrix" produced by the Wachowski's and filed a copyright infringement claim with the FBI.  She did not actually file for recovery of damages for the alleged copyright infringement of Matrix and Terminator(s) until 2003.  Fox attempted to dismiss the allegations related to the Terminator citing the statute of limitations.  Denied.

The reasoning behind why the case has gotten little media attention may be speculation, but the facts are the facts.

let's get down to something far more important than this Matrix copyright issue--the girl who's in lexington's avatar is gorgeous.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 05:33:47 PM

Here are the highlights (as I see them):

Sophia Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript to Twentieth Century Fox in 1981.  The first Terminator was released in 1984.  In 1986, Stewart submitted her treatment and manuscript directly to the Wachowski Brothers and received no response.  In 1999, Stewart learned of the comic book series and film "The Matrix" produced by the Wachowski's and filed a copyright infringement claim with the FBI.  She did not actually file for recovery of damages for the alleged copyright infringement of Matrix and Terminator(s) until 2003.  Fox attempted to dismiss the allegations related to the Terminator citing the statute of limitations.  Denied.

The reasoning behind why the case has gotten little media attention may be speculation, but the facts are the facts.

This is a good rendition of a legal brief of the facts from this case.  Good eye.  You are going to do well in law school.

I'm also impressed that a Pre-Law has access to LexisNexis.com.  Girl whatchu know about that??  Somebody's been givin up our secrets.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: selfish crab on March 09, 2005, 06:03:43 PM
Thanks to everyone for the reasonable responses!  I don't know why I didn't try looking it up in LexisNexis myself in the first place. 

anyway, I just checked LexisNexis (my undergrad university has campus-wide LexisNexis access)  and you're right, such a case does indeed exist.  I rescind my accusation that the story was false.

I guess I was extremely skeptical because of the errors in the initial "story" and because I have seen emails claiming that Stewart had won a verdict with  $2.8 billion dollars in damages.

Thanks for backing up your posts.  I'll slip quietly away now.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 09, 2005, 06:30:13 PM
Thanks to everyone for the reasonable responses!  I don't know why I didn't try looking it up in LexisNexis myself in the first place. 

anyway, I just checked LexisNexis (my undergrad university has campus-wide LexisNexis access)  and you're right, such a case does indeed exist.  I rescind my accusation that the story was false.

I guess I was extremely skeptical because of the errors in the initial "story" and because I have seen emails claiming that Stewart had won a verdict with  $2.8 billion dollars in damages.

Thanks for backing up your posts.  I'll slip quietly away now.

Its all good Engineer.

You have a drive to find out the REAL story.  That's a sign of a good law student.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Lexington on March 10, 2005, 10:04:07 AM
This is a good rendition of a legal brief of the facts from this case.  Good eye.  You are going to do well in law school.

I'm also impressed that a Pre-Law has access to LexisNexis.com.  Girl whatchu know about that??  Somebody's been givin up our secrets.

Thanks Sands... Lexis Nexis is the best!  Can't wait for LRW so I can learn how to use it properly  ;D
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 10, 2005, 10:21:56 AM
Slow down, girl.  You don't wanna see LRW no time soon.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Statistic on March 10, 2005, 10:25:16 AM
Slow down, girl.

What is something I would never say to Lexington?  :-*

Oh boy... she's going to be mad at me for this one...  ;)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Lexington on March 10, 2005, 11:07:54 AM
Slow down, girl.  You don't wanna see LRW no time soon.

Fine, kill my enthusiasm!  :-\ ;D

RBG- LOL
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 10, 2005, 11:20:32 AM
Yeah we'll see how enthusiastic you are this time next year LOL.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Lexington on March 10, 2005, 11:31:26 AM
I'm sure I'll be equally enthusiastic... Probably drop dead tired, but still exicted bout the law!

Sounds so very nerdy... LOL
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Regal_Muse on March 10, 2005, 11:35:54 AM
Yeah..whatever you say   :-X.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 10, 2005, 01:52:09 PM
Slow down, girl.

What is something I would never say to Lexington?  :-*

Oh boy... she's going to be mad at me for this one...  ;)

Like I said, you clearly need a girlfriend bruh
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: zenbiddie on March 10, 2005, 02:14:30 PM
i heard an interview with her on miss jones in the a.m. on hot 97 (NY) a few months ago.  stewart considers herself a visionary who can see the future.  the interview was at least an hour or so, pretty interesting stuff and the first i had ever heard of the incident.  she said WB tried to settle with her first but one of the WB attorneys took her aside and told her she would be crazy to settle.  she said her law suit will be the largest award ever since the movies (matrix and terminator) grossed billions worldwide.  the FBI was initially skeptical of her claim but after verifying the facts were blown away by the obvious theft.  she said the FBI is still gathering intelligence so they can prosecute.  the court fees are exhorbitant but she says her other business ventures can cover the cost for now.  i imagine WB will try to bury her in paper and drag this out as long as possible (decades) until she runs out of money.  just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 10, 2005, 02:36:53 PM
You're absolutely right.  In these situations, usually the big corporation outmuscles the little guy in court. However, if they're at trial then they've made it past the discovery phase of the litigation, so whatever paperwork WB was supposed to fork over they've done it already unless more new stuff comes up.

I know the Wachowski's are sweating bullets.  That movie made maaaaaaaad loot, and if she wins, she will be entitled to a very large piece of that pie.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Statistic on March 10, 2005, 02:45:08 PM
Slow down, girl.

What is something I would never say to Lexington?  :-*

Oh boy... she's going to be mad at me for this one...  ;)

Like I said, you clearly need a girlfriend bruh

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shtick
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 10, 2005, 02:50:13 PM
Slow down, girl.

What is something I would never say to Lexington?  :-*

Oh boy... she's going to be mad at me for this one...  ;)

Like I said, you clearly need a girlfriend bruh

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shtick


are you equating girlfriend with shtick?
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Statistic on March 10, 2005, 02:52:10 PM
Slow down, girl.

What is something I would never say to Lexington?  :-*

Oh boy... she's going to be mad at me for this one...  ;)

Like I said, you clearly need a girlfriend bruh

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=shtick


are you equating girlfriend with shtick?

No. I'm saying the stuff I say on here is shtick. I don't really say "My train of love" in real life. I'm joking.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on March 10, 2005, 02:55:09 PM
Tell that to the AdComms
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Muse on April 24, 2005, 02:24:22 PM
Sorry I wanted to pump this topic back up. Here are some more links regarding this story...

http://www.playahata.com/pages/interviews/interview_sophiastewartpt1.htm

 
http://www.thechessdrum.net/newsbriefs/2005/NB_ThirdEye.html
 
http://www.thechessdrum.net/newsbriefs/2005/NB_ThirdEye.html
http://www.matrix-explained.com/php/about-the-matrix-movies-4583.html
 
http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/1/4200.html?1111879135
 
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Muse on April 24, 2005, 02:24:44 PM
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In late 2003, when Playahata.com first heard that somebody else outside of the Wachowski Brothers was claiming to have written the Matrix, many of us were not shocked at that accusation. We later learned that the women who claimed to have written the Matrix was a Black woman from New York that had a lot of experience as a writer and was once very connected in celebrity circles. Her name is Sophia Stewart.

It was ironic that information started to surface from community media outlets like Brother Jammal, Gary Byrd and on the web at www.Daghettotymz.com that pointed to Sofia Stewart as the "Mother Of The Matrix" just like in the Warner Brothers Sci-Fi Movie Trilogy.

When asking ourselves the question; "Why is the mainstream press suppressing this allegation since this story was not political" - at least not on the surface. Then it became quite clearer. Stewart was suing Warner Brothers. The parent company of Warner Brother is AOL-Time Warner. They have a lot of influence and control of media outlets directly and indirectly, which includes some of the largest Black Media outlets. Even on the web their tentacles stretch over to one of the most popular destinations for Blacks, Blackplanet.com. The suppression channels cover a lot of ground but thanks to vigorous reporters especially at the grassroots level the story started to surface in bits and pieces. After all this is the Matrix, a cult classic and the most copied, satirized and creatively influential movie in arguably the last two decades. The Matrix represents the second highest Grossing Trilogy behind Lord of The Rings. Simultaneously while Ms.Stewart was in court fighting for her case to be heard, the Matrix sequel hit theatres. The Matrix Reloaded (2003) was released and according to the Internet Movie Database became the 24 highest grossing movie of all time at $281,492,479. Combine that with domestic receipts of The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and the Matrix has grossed near a billion dollars domestically. Taking into account international box office receipts and merchandising and the Matrix movies surpass the billion dollar mark and may have no equal outside of Star Wars.

Tabulating what is at stake here is s no easy task since the story gets complicated by the fact that her court case also involves the blockbuster film, The Terminator. Before any of this could be sorted it out though, Ms. Stewart's case had to first reach the court system before it could all be worked out and thus On October 4th 2004 after a long behind the scenes battle, Judge Margaret Morrow of Central District of California made the decision to have the courts proceed with the biggest copyright infringement and racketeering case in movie history.

Its been a long time in coming considering that Stewart filed her case in 1999, after her shock at seeing the Matrix. Immediately she said she knew it was based on her original manuscript entitled the "The Third Eye," which has a copyright, which dates back to 1981.

This is Part 1 of the tale of Sophia Stewart vs. the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers.

In coming days expect to see more media appearances from Stewart including upcoming features in The Source Magazine and BET to name a few but here Bruce Banter discusses with Sofia primer questions introduced by Roporter on this Question of who wrote the Matrix?

Part I:  The Oracle Reveals.....

Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Muse on April 24, 2005, 02:25:32 PM
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Mother of the Matrix?



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 University of 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.

 

Part II Coming Soon.....
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on April 24, 2005, 04:08:41 PM
Now I was all on homegirl's side to get over on the Wachowski's but there are certain elements of her interview that are a bit suspect.   She claims she NEVER saw the Terminator??   Is she serious?  But, for the sake of argument, let's say she never saw the Terminator, fine.  But then she goes on to say "they can't punish me for not having seen the Terminator movie." 

oooooooooooo-k?  Nobody said you were gonna get punished, ma.  Where is this coming from? 

Granted, if somebody stole my script I'd be on the defensive to a certain degree b/c that's a pretty HUGE accusation to make and people want to know your credentials, know that you're for real, etc.  But she just seems TOO on the defensive in this interview.

Obviously I take issue with the following quote for reasons we can all understand:

"I currently work as a paralegal so I know about the law."

 ???   Just makes the shoulders cringe to hear a statement like that.

I wanna tell her Sister, relax, we're on your side, but you gotta stop making these other off the wall statements.  Its not helping the overall case.  Without having read the Third Eye (maybe something I can do this summer when I get some free time) it sounds like she has a valid copyright complaint on the merits.  Can't wait to see how this thing plays out in trial.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: shantee222 on April 24, 2005, 05:26:59 PM
Now I was all on homegirl's side to get over on the Wachowski's but there are certain elements of her interview that are a bit suspect. She claims she NEVER saw the Terminator?? Is she serious? But, for the sake of argument, let's say she never saw the Terminator, fine. But then she goes on to say "they can't punish me for not having seen the Terminator movie."

oooooooooooo-k? Nobody said you were gonna get punished, ma. Where is this coming from?

Granted, if somebody stole my script I'd be on the defensive to a certain degree b/c that's a pretty HUGE accusation to make and people want to know your credentials, know that you're for real, etc. But she just seems TOO on the defensive in this interview.

Obviously I take issue with the following quote for reasons we can all understand:

"I currently work as a paralegal so I know about the law."

 ??? Just makes the shoulders cringe to hear a statement like that.

I wanna tell her Sister, relax, we're on your side, but you gotta stop making these other off the wall statements. Its not helping the overall case. Without having read the Third Eye (maybe something I can do this summer when I get some free time) it sounds like she has a valid copyright complaint on the merits. Can't wait to see how this thing plays out in trial.


I have never seen the Terminator either so that part of Sophia Steward's interview did not seem unbelievable to me. Also I think she made the statement about someone punishing her because she hasn't seen the movie because it applied to the whole statute of limitations thing.  I guess she is saying that the defense tried to throw the terminator issue out of court since it has been so long since the movie was released but she never saw the movie so the statute of limitations shouldn't apply here.  If she was unable to sue the Terminator people because of the length of time since the release  of this movie then in a way it was sort of punishing her because she had not seen it.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Muse on April 24, 2005, 06:43:14 PM
Why is the paralegal comment off the wall? Paralegals are pretty well versed on the law as well... (well at least I think they are)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on April 25, 2005, 07:43:25 AM
oh my head hurts just thinking about it.

any paralegals out there much props 2 ya.  no disrespect but there's a HUGE difference between how much "law" a paralegal knows and how much a lawyer knows.  its like the difference between the auto mechanic and the engine designer
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Muse on April 25, 2005, 11:11:02 PM
Update: I don't think this case is near over as the articles I posted suggests. I was told that only only reason the case is going foward is because the plantiff survived Rule 12 (b)(6) dismissal.(correct me if I'm wrong law people). So I wonder how long will it take for this case to settle?

I'm also hearing rumors that she's slowly losing credibility because there are some inconsistances in her story. She was on a radio show awhile back trying to get viewers to desposit funds into her bank account b/c she couldn't afford the legal fees...Man that sucks. :'(
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on April 25, 2005, 11:25:12 PM
Update: I don't think this case is near over as the articles I posted suggests. I was told that only only reason the case is going foward is because the plantiff survived Rule 12 (b)(6) dismissal.(correct me if I'm wrong law people). So I wonder how long will it take for this case to settle?

I'm also hearing rumors that she's slowly losing credibility because there are some inconsistances in her story. She was on a radio show awhile back trying to get viewers to desposit funds into her bank account b/c she couldn't afford the legal fees...Man that sucks. :'(

Yeah this case is still going. Go back to the first page of this thread where I posted the lexisnexis summaries - this case is really just getting started for the reasons talked about in the summaries.

(whatchu know about 12(b)(6)'s??)

as far as her credibility...

...it would be very unfortunate for this to turn out to be an invalid claim.  Very unfortunate.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on April 26, 2005, 07:31:11 AM
And another thing, copyrights don't last for 175 years necessarily.  Today, Copyrights last for the life of the author + 70 years after they die for their estate to hold when they are gone.  So if she lived to be 105 years old she would be correct, but otherwise she's a little bit off with the 175 year figure.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: zenbiddie on April 26, 2005, 09:08:25 AM
she will need to do more than beg on the radio to get enough $ to win this case.
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: winston wolfe on July 23, 2005, 03:57:35 PM
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Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: blk_reign on July 23, 2005, 04:01:32 PM
u can't be serious.. ::)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: TrojanChispas on July 23, 2005, 04:05:04 PM
but what do you REALLY think, blk? ;)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: blk_reign on July 23, 2005, 04:14:26 PM
 :D :D ... people with 1 post that solicit... classic :D :D :D

are u ready for dc 3peat?


but what do you REALLY think, blk? ;)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: TrojanChispas on July 23, 2005, 04:41:00 PM
:D :D ... people with 1 post that solicit... classic :D :D :D

are u ready for dc 3peat?


but what do you REALLY think, blk? ;)

as ready as I'll ever be.  not sure what to expect, but Im kinda excited.  The BLSA Convention is in DC this year yeah?  Are you going and are Mexicans invited to the BLSA Convention? :)
Title: Re: A BLACK WOMAN Wrote the Matix and Terminator Movies...
Post by: Burning Sands, Esq. on February 08, 2007, 08:56:40 AM
Ever wonder what happened to this lady who "wrote" the Matrix???  Unfortunately she ended up losing her case on procedural grounds basically. Read below:




Sophia Stewarts' day in court ends with dismissal for the 'Mother of the Matrix'
Quentin Wells
Posted: 7/20/05
The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Sophia Stewart on April 24, 2003 against the Warchowski Brothers, Warner Bros. and others came to an end in the courtroom of the Honorable Margaret M Morrow, federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on June 14, 2005. The lawsuit alleged that the movies "The Matrix," and its two sequels, and "The Terminator," and its two sequels were all based on Stewart's novella entitled "The Third Eye."

Stewart's claims against all the defendants were summarily dismissed by Judge Morrow because she and her attorneys had failed, over the two year period since the case was filed, to respond in a timely manner to the court's schedule for management of the case.

The facts of the case were not heard at all in the proceedings that led to the dismissal. Rather, the court based its decision for dismissal on the fact that Stewart and her attorneys "had not been diligent either in pursuing or in responding to discovery. Despite the fact that the action had been on file for almost two years, she made no effort to propound any discovery to defendants until the fact discovery cut-off date set by the court. Nor did she respond in timely fashion to discovery propounded by defendants. This was consistent with the overall manner in which plaintiff has prosecuted the action, missing deadlines, seeking extensions, and generally ignoring the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures and court orders."

With the dismissal, Stewart's claim that she is the "Mother of the Matrix" and the creator of the ideas and characters upon which that movie series, as well as the "Terminator" series were based, appears to have died without ever having been heard in an open courtroom forum.

Whether or not she could have substantiated her allegations that "The Third Eye" was in fact the original creative concept behind the multi-billion dollar group of films will probably never be known since Stewart's attorney's did not prove the allegations through the court process.

The fortune in damage awards that Stewart might have been able to secure, had her claims been documented to the court's satisfaction, has vanished in the face of the court's ruling regarding her conduct and that of her attorneys in the case. She is now left with nothing but the expenses she has incurred in her pursuit of the matter plus the costs and attorneys fees of the defendants which were awarded to them by the court as a result of what it deemed Stewart's failure to reasonably follow the legal procedure set in motion when she first filed her claim

This case, which began as one of the largest (in terms of potential damage awards, if successful) and highest profile copyright infringement cases in U.S. history, has already had a tortured history since its inception, with a staggering amount of misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies and libel being circulated about it on the Internet and through thousands of news outlets around the world. A significant amount of the reports about the Sophia Stewart v. Andy Wachowski, etal. case have been sourced to an article headlined "Mother of the Matrix Victorious" by Martha Carter which appeared in the 28 October 2004 issue of GlobeLink.

This article, written by Miss Carter following a personal interview with Sophia Stewart contained some misleading information regarding the current status of the lawsuit. Although a correction was posted within 48 hours, few people read this revised and accurate description of the progress of the lawsuit. Over 600,000, however, read the erroneous original report and unknown millions more have since read other equally misleading stories based on the GlobeLink story (without correction) that have appeared on literally hundreds of other web sites around the globe.

Readers of the misleading information erroneously concluded that the copyright infringement trial had been held in early October 2004 and that Sophia Stewart's assertions that the "Matrix" and "Terminator" movies were based on her manuscript, "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981, and submitted by her in the mid-eighties in response to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works. In actual fact, the court proceedings in October 2004 simply confirmed that Sophia Stewart appeared to have sufficient merit in her claims (and, by implication, sufficient documentation to substantiate them) to warrant a trial that would establish or refute their validity.

As a result of the June 14, 2005 summary judgment that question will probably never be answered, at least not in an objective forum with established rules of evidence and procedure. Ms. Stewart has given numerous interviews and widely publicized her claims on the Internet and in other media in recent months, but regrettably, she has not provided to the defendants she was suing, or to the court in which she filed her claim, the factual information that would have verified her assertions that she is really the "Mother of the Matrix."

http://www.slccglobelink.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=efa9ebd1-9d59-459b-a180-1fce6d6f31fd




2006 Award for Attorneys Fees for Defendants:

http://www.courthousenews.com/matrix1.pdf