Picture 978GeorgeTwoPointOh put us down with this critical piece of history that’s been ignored by the mainstream media since 2004. Sadly, we’ve been informed that the following claims are false:

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 I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. Yes, you heard that correctly – the entire Matrix & Terminator 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.

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.”

We apologize for any confusion this misleading info may have caused. Ultimately, Stewart’s plight is one that must be made public, and we will do our best to uncover up-to-date info pertaining to this tragic situation.

Thanks, Jennifer, for the heads up!

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  • CT

    Hello,

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your source George 2.0 came and retracted this information a few days ago. Unfortunately, Sophia did not win the lawsuit and this was originally an article from 2004 that was reprinted by someone named George Thomas. Here’s the information:

    http://georgetwopointoh.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/black-female-author-wins-the-matrix-copyright-infringement-case/

    I hope that she eventually wins what she deserves.

  • Nicole T

    This is false news! I am disappointed at Clutch. I posted this as fact via my facebook page. Please fact check.

  • Gia

    Oh shut up Nicole. Everyone makes a mistake. If you want perfection, maybe you should stay at home staring at the mirror for the rest of your life.

    • Don’t be an asshole. If you’re going to post something on a website, then yes, in a way it has to be perfection. Verify sources before posting it for the world to see. Any credible journalist abides by that rule. I almost made that same mistake of making an ass out of myself on facebook, getting everyone’s hopes up.

    • No need for name calling ladies. We addressed the issue in the updated version of the article. Thanks to everyone who let us know that the source of our information was incorrect — we truly appreciate it.