Black People : Black author recovers damages for Matrix

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    A Black woman authored the Matrix and recovers damages in court...

    Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:20:180500

    Subject: African-American author of The Matrix receives damages after 6 year dispute

    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
    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 usedduring 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
    both 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

    "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 surpressing 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 Benjamin's," 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
    message to the world is about Godand good and about choice, about
    spirituality prevailing 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.

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    Additional Excerpts:

    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 do
    business, yet the real truth about the creator and creation of these films
    continue to allude 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!"