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bayzoo
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posted 03-10-2005 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bayzoo   Click Here to Email bayzoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received an email with this. Can anybody add anything to this?

>Subject: BLACK WOMAN AUTHOR OF THE MATRIX
>
> 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 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
> atWWW.aghettotymz.com:
>
> "The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because
> Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner ... this GIANT owns
> 95 percent of the media ... let me give you a clue as to what they
> own in the media business... New York Times papers/magazines, LA
> Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity
> Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks,
> Newsweek, Village Roadshow ... many, many more!...
> They are not going
> to report on themselves. They have been 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 God and 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.
>
>
> Source:
>
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>
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> /785067. HTML
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utzworld
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posted 03-10-2005 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for utzworld   Click Here to Email utzworld     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a link to her website: http://www.daghettotymz.com/matrix/matrix.html

Interesting, there's nothing on that site that indicates that she won the case. If she has indeed won the case, why the hell are we asked to give her donations to pay her attorney and court fees?

Something's fishy...

[This message has been edited by utzworld (edited 03-10-2005).]

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cpeer
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posted 03-10-2005 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpeer   Click Here to Email cpeer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by utzworld:
Something's fishy...

My first thought is that I read a lot of science-fiction and I have never heard of her. Then I remind myself that its a big field with plenty of authors I only hear about much too late.

But she claims infringement for The Terminator also?!

When Terminator went to video, I remember that a credit was added in that had not been in the movie. It was a special thanks to Harlan Ellison, a well known writer who is also known to fight hard on copyright infringement issues. Where was this lady then?

It's possible. It has happened in the past. But I have my doubts.

[This message has been edited by cpeer (edited 03-10-2005).]

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bayzoo
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posted 03-10-2005 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bayzoo   Click Here to Email bayzoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just Googled the lady's name and found a ton of links about her story and case against the Wachowski Brothers, but none of the links were from prominent news powerhouse. I had no idea any of this was going on. Wow! If this is all true, then I think it's a pretty huge deal!

I've searched for her original manuscript, The Third Eye, which she claims the Matrix films are based on, but found nothing online.

I did find this from the Philly Sun:

The dispute surfaced in 1999 when she notified Warner Brothers that the "Matrix" comic book and film purportedly infringed on her copyright.
"They stole a great body of work from me," Stewart alleges, "special effects, graphics, characters, screen treatments. The makings of the 'Matrix' were the makings of 'The Third Eye.'"
Stewart works under the pseudonym Zenia Kavala and wrote a six-page screen treatment of "The Third Eye" in 1981. This sci-fi treatment formed her correspondence with movie studios that year. Such submissions were augmented by a 45-page version produced and copyrighted in 1983.
"Terminator I" was released in 1984. "Terminator II" blasted into theaters seven years later and "Terminator III" in 2003.
Twentieth Century Fox was among those named in the "Terminator" claim. "[Twentieth Century] Fox had my work since 1981 through 1985. I shopped it to them. I shopped it to the Wachowskis in 1986," she explained.
Her treatment and script were submitted to Andy and Larry Wachowski, the makers of the "Matrix" trilogy, in response to an advertisement seeking science fiction works for comic books. "I love comic books," she says. "I wanted it to be a movie, and I wanted it to be a comic book. Those were two of my biggest dreams."
She describes "The Third Eye"as "an epic that expands past, present, and future." Although none of the parties to her case purchased rights to the property, she claims the "Terminator" derives from the beginning of that epic and the first installation of the "Matrix" film in 1999 stems from a latter portion of the same work.
Her immediate complaint about the copyright issue to Warner Bros. did elicit a response. She was referred to in-house counsel Judy Neulak for a settlement discussion. Stewart contends Neulak witnessed the infringement and told her so. In court documents, she alleges Neulak not only corroborated copyright infringement during their discussion, Neulak, instead of negotiating a settlement, also advised her to retain her original work as evidence.
Stewart's complaint triggered a 1999 FBI investigation, which, according to author, also supports her allegations.
As paralegal, Stewart filed the initial petition with the court herself and had papers served on the defendants. Her legal counsel picked up the ball from there and successfully argued against several motions for dismissal last year.
Most recently, her attorneys amended claims of criminal and conspiratorial RICO (racketeering) violations. A decision on those changes are pending by Judge Margaret Morrow. Barring further delays or settlement, the trial should begin July 2005.
No doubt movie fans eagerly await the final outcome. Talk abounds between fans tracking the case on several Internet sites. Many do not believe Stewart is the "Mother of the 'Matrix'" and debate heatedly with other fans who remain open to the possibility.
"This is huge," says Stewart. "I have international press that's stalking me like crazy. This is history in the making."
The defendants, according to court documents in the case, deny its merits.
Stewart insists this case is about knowledge and creativity. "Nobody can steal your creativity from you. They can't steal your knowledge."
She is searching for a "Matrix" version, which is said to begin with a background story scrolling down the film, much like the Star Wars franchise. She believes that opening background gibes with "The Third Eye" and hopes this find will silence doubters about the "Matrix's" purported relationship to her intellectual property.
Sophia Stewart (born Sonya) hails from New York City. She bypassed high school and took the New York Board of Regents Test to qualify for higher education. She graduated from City University of New York with a bachelor of broadcast/journalism degree, and additionally interned at PBS-WNET 13 before moving to Los Angeles to study cinema at the University of Southern California. Stewart currently resides in Utah and is presently accepting bids on a movie project entitled "Soul-less."

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utzworld
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posted 03-10-2005 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for utzworld   Click Here to Email utzworld     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
PLOTHOLE!!!

quote:
Originally posted by bayzoo:
. This sci-fi treatment formed her correspondence with movie studios that year. Such submissions were augmented by a 45-page version produced and copyrighted in 1983.
"Terminator I" was released in 1984. "Terminator II" blasted into theaters seven years later and "Terminator III" in 2003.
Twentieth Century Fox was among those named in the "Terminator" claim. "[Twentieth Century] Fox had my work since 1981 through 1985. I shopped it to them. I shopped it to the Wachowskis in 1986," she explained.

20th Century Fox didn't release or create any of the Terminator films. The first one was funded by a now-defunct, UK based company called Hemdale, the last 2 were funded by Mario Kassar & Andrew Vajna (sp). T2 was funded through their Carolco Pictures and years later, after they split up, they came back together and formed a company named C2 Pictures that funded T3.

Why is she suing Fox? Makes no sense.

Like I said...SOMETHING'S FISHY!

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dreamer
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posted 03-10-2005 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dreamer   Click Here to Email dreamer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most likely just another internet e-mail "hoax" (with an agenda), playing off of an earlier story about her lawsuit. Folks should know by now not to take any sort of "mass e-mailing" that purports to contain "news" too seriously.

What kind of memorable "ad" could the "Wachowski Bros." have placed in the mid-'80s (when they were barely 20 and unknown)?

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bayzoo
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posted 03-11-2005 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bayzoo   Click Here to Email bayzoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found this on the San Jose Mercury News webpage:

"On September 27, 2004, US District Court Judge Margaret M. Morrow made a preliminary ruling that the RICO element of the suit would not be thrown out on purely legal grounds, though some of the charges were dropped against Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. There was no finding of fact emerging from this hearing and not even the glimmer of a trial that would find guilt or innocence."

And here's a link to the 22-page US District Court Filing in California:

http://moviecitynews.com/notepad/2004/041207_wach.html

So, the case has indeed NOT been settled as of yet. The fact that there does indeed seem to be an actual case is definitely intriguing.

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