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[] 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 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-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 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!'
I LOVE THE BUZZ THIS POSTING GENERATED! If the arguments against Stewart aren't representative of the theme in The Matrix, I don't know what is! As you read the responses, keep that idea in mind. Peace, Marcia McNair

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THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR BLACK AUTHORS, BUT ALSO A WARNING! PLEASE BE CAREFUL ABOUT SENDING UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS TO ANYONE!!!
T HANK YOU,
Their are so many publisher who ask for you manuscript I just don,t trust any of them.The world is full of con artist. I am glad that you won your case.
There are many legitimate publishers, such as myself, who will not rip you off and who want to promote your work. It is to our mutual benefit to do so. Do be careful and copyright your work before sending it out. But don't let this put you off. Most publishers are legitimate.
I had also been following her case especially when she initially revealed that she had written the lead role in the Matrix for a black man but as America would have it no black man would get it.

Hollywood tried to bankrupt her with court cost but she turned to public donations and proved once again that.. WE NEVER STOP.

I hope she does not have to chase them down to finally get paid.
E.M.
The part was offered to Will Smith, but he turned it down.
When I first heard this news a few years back, it surprised me. Now I am skeptical. Why is there only one online article pertaining to this news? I can find no other news about this. It would at the very least be all over sci-fi sites. I guess the truth will be proven with time.
I teach journalism at Nassau Community College. News is a product. Thus, it is created. Simply because a story is not reported as news does not mean it is not news. There is a lot of news that is never reported.
As a journalism teacher, you also know what is news. Why is this only known to a few? Why would news pertaining to one of the biggest Sci-fi franchises of the decade not be news? I know that not everything that occurs in the wide world is news, but this would count as newsworthy, even if it was buried in the middle of a paper.

Also, as a journalism teacher, I assume that you would tend to use more than one source before you run with information as fact. This simply has little to back it up and snopes debunks it.
i am happy for her.
Hetep and Respect Sesh Marcia L. McNair, Thanks for the 411 on the source of the Matrix and the forces of Ma'at restoring balance to the Third Eye in nature. Now let me add my Cultural Health two cents.

Cultural Literacy Minute: I

"...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.'..."

It is interesting to note that the English word philosophy is a composite of an African and European word. The Greeks had no concept of philosophy in recorded history until after their studies in Classical African Civilization, Kemet (Ancient Egypt). The Greeks record their ancient concept of love as the word Philos. They had no word for the concept of wisdom, so they adapted the African Goddess of Wisdom Sophia. This gave raise to their ability to express the African concept of the love of wisdom (Ti-huti) as Philosophia or as we say it today Philosophy.

So it is interesting to note, that in the end, it was Sophia Steward who was the wisdom of The Matrix. Wow! the shinny ones (ancestors) are proud.

I seeded the story to Newsvine.
Hetep and Respect sesh McNair, I just received information that this story may be false. Please review this link and advise.
The story is not false. I think we need to read carefully. We have a system of appeals in our legal system that means it is very difficult to win in normal terms i.e. receive compensation. However, thanks for inspiring me to dig a little deeper. I was able to find some of the court documents on line. It reminded me of the "Coming to America" case. They settled with Buchwald essentially to keep from opening a can of worms with other writers about a little known aspect of their accounting for profits. If not for that, I wonder if Buchwald would still be tied up in court as well.

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