Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AMAZING: The Black Woman who wrote the Matrix and Terminator, finally gets recognition for her work!

mzreport:

“After a six year dispute, prolific writer and profound spiritualist, Sophia Stewart has received justice for copyright infringement and racketeering and will finally recover damages from the films, The Matrix III and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. Yes, you heard that correctly – the entire MatrixTerminator franchises, and her suspected pay off is expected to be the highest in history – an estimated 2.5 billion.

Her case is a true landmark, and far too uncommon as countless creatives are exploited by the snake-like dealings of the movie industry. Here’s a recap of her triumphant journey by way of George2.0:

“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.

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 Can’t believe this is the first I’m hearing of this. Interesting….

Update: Apparently this story is not true; Stewart did sue but lost her case in 2005.  Apologies for passing it on before checking it out… get the scoop here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/matrix.asp or here: http://www.pamil-visions.net/urban-legends-busted-sophia-stewart/27827/ or do some more research (like I should have done before reblogging!).

Notes

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  3. spoilsport reblogged this from movielove and added:
    Of course a Black Woman wrote the Matrix. God is a Black woman, after all. :)
  4. alliv reblogged this from movielove and added:
    wow
  5. gonsmithe reblogged this from movielove and added:
    Wow, holy shit.
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