woman named Sophia Stewart, Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement
Case. A story that restores faith. More power to Sophia!
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, 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
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
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
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
Greg Thomas, Editor.