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"Sophia Stewart, The Real Creator of ‘The Matrix,’ Wins Billion Dollar Copyright Case"

It took her more than a decade, but she won the copyright lawsuit.

From what I've seen on the net that stories false.
A Participant says:
Maybe I'm just a main stream media stooge, but I find it hard to believe that, if this story is true, entities like CNN, The New York Times, and The LA Times wouldn't cover it.
jonwood says:
They are big on exclamation points and short on facts. The whole site has the tone of a scam e-mail.

Is it any wonder production companies will not read unsolicited scripts?
Dan Shea says:
Snopes debunked this one. False.

I had fallen for it, too, btw. Probably because for some reason, I WANTED it to be true.
I apologize, I should've verified before I posted. It does seem like the this is a story that keeps popping up in the conspiracy corners of the internet, but it's not true. I checked the IMDb screenwriting credits for the movie and the woman in question is not listed. I figure if she won the lawsuit, then name would have to be listed.

I did find a 2005 article from NPR news in which the attorneys involved and Stewart herself are interviewed. Apparently, the lawsuit was very real indeed.

Lisa Scott says:
the lawsuit was real, but it was a case of similar concept (from a book) that was stolen... so no copyright infringement was ever found.

but it's stuff like this that makes newbie writers afraid that someone will steal their stuff.

i do believe The Truman Show had scene examples of a of a stage play that were matched and the writer may have won a lawsuit on that one. whoever wrote it probably thought no one had seen the short-lived, way-off-off-broadway play.
Phantom says:
Ha, This fake story will seemingly never die. If ANYONE won a BILLION dollar lawsuit, it would be one of the biggest stories of the year, but apparently all of the major news outlets missed it! lol

Few points a lot of other articles on this subject won't/don't cover:

1. The Terminator was actually ripped off from Harlon Ellion's short stories. Cameron apparently bragged "ripping off those old Outer Limits episodes" on the set of Terminator, and even did an interview with Starlog magazine stating as much. Ellison just asked for credit, and was refused. He sued and won. Ellison's stories were undoubtedly the 100% inspiration of The Terminator movies.

2. The article states that Stewart sent the manuscript to the Wachowskis in the mid eighties. The only problem is that the Wachowskis were in high school at the time and would not break into Hollywood until 1995.

3. Nobody's actually ever seen the "Third Eye" manuscript aside from some new age excerpts about spirituality. It's now for sale on what supposedly is Sophia Stewart's site now. However, one has to ask, when was this supposed draft actually written. As according to the copyright office, the original registration was in 1981, with just a five page manuscript. It must have been one helluva of a five page manuscript for Cameron to rip it off, and rush it into production less than a six months later. Terminator was greenlit in 1982, and production started in 1983. Stewart registered another addendum to the original manuscript in 1983.

4. Besides obvious prior art (and an actual lawsuit win) by Harlan Ellison regarding Terminator, there is prior art to the creation of the Matrix. In 1978, the Doctor Who episode, "The Deadly Assassin," written by the legendary sci-fi author Robert Holmes sees the creation of "The Matrix."

"The Doctor realizes that the Master sent the Doctor the premonition of the assassination through the Matrix, a vast electronic neural network which can turn thought patterns into virtual reality. He decides to enter the Matrix as a means of tracking the Master. Engin warns him that if he dies in the virtual world, he will die in the real world as well."

It was even called, "The Matrix"!

4. I've actually conversed with with someone claiming to be Sophia Stewart on the net nearly a decade back when this story first broke. I informed "Miss Stewart" about this prior art by both Holmes and Ellison, but the person seemed unfazed by these two very indisputable facts. In fact, if one glances at her court cases, her cases seem to be based entirely off of the fact that Harlon Ellison won against Cameron et al, and provides zero proof of her claims. But, amazingly, she doesn't seem to recognize that Ellison's prior art, which he used to win his case for The Terminator, was almost two decades before Stewart registered her copyright!

5. What's most amazing of all is that people have accepted her assertion of being "ripped off," even though she's provided almost no proof. (At least I haven't seen) any "smoking gun" in any of the purported proof she's ever provided.
Lisa Scott says:
the lawsuit was real. anyone can file a lawsuit for any reason. it's the "american" way.
the result was falsely reported by someone who was over-anxious about the case and it just took off. these things happen all the time in criminal cases... and why the source of media news reporting is relevant.
I just goes to show, don't believe everything you read on the Internet. I like to think I'm one of those people who's careful about the source of a story, but this time, I completely failed.
keith spence says:
I had an Uncle by Marriage that made a living doing lawsuits and won most of them. He takes credit for the reason TV's are on the walls in hospitals. He worked at a factory, hurt his back on the job and while in the hospital they laid him off and he tripped over the TV cord and his lawsuit caused hospitals to put their TV's on the wall. Sued both the Factory and the hospital and won both cases, other lawsuits, Burger King, AT-T, Ford, Union for dock workers, and his last lawsuit was against the state of Florida, (was a maintenance guy at rest areas and tripped in a hole and his ankle never seemed to get better)

My point: sometimes people just sue to settle out of court. The end of the Uncle story, he died divorced, his kids not talking to him, wasn't found for days in a small trailer he lived in alone so maybe he didn't win much after all.
This story made it ALL over the internet and even saw some otherwise credible people refer to it.

Complete bunk.

Was one of those 'wish fulfillment' stories that bounced all over the net.


here's the REAL introduction of 'the matrix' from a genius of the genre:

Yeah. I was going to say, it's impossible to imagine modern (or is it post-modern?) science fiction without Philip K. Dick. THE MATRIX was the kind of idea he'd toss off in a drug-fueled weekend as a short story or novella, usually poorly written, with cardboard characters, but with a narrative impact beyond mere words.

Also, for decades theoretical physicists have wondered if the reason for Fermi's Paradox (where are all the aliens?) is because they've already surrounded us with a holographic byte-matrix universe made to their own specs, so they can go about their business without starting a panic or a new religion here on Earth.

Then, when we get far enough advanced, we'll find the "maker's mark" in the surrounding holographic surface, figure out what's going on, and go out to meet... whoever they are.

I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

As for the Stewart lawsuit, there's no copyright on ideas, so unless there are strands of the MATRIX identical to her work, (and some footprints connecting her to either the Wachowskis or the producing studios), she can file all the lawsuits she wants, and not get a dime.
Jamster says:
Keith, your uncle sounds a great character - why not write the sp - and make your own $$$
Anyone here heard of the 1986 film ROBOT HOLOCAUST? It was featured on MST3K. It's about a drifter named Neo in a post-apocalyptic earth ruled by evil machines. No seriously.

The story is very true. She win the Matrix and Terminator copyrights in a Utah federal court sept 25 2014. I was there to witness this. I have all if the court docs which is public record. Of course they didn't award her the money but she has 3.5 billion dollar liens that was entered into the court. Warner Bros, The Wychanski bros, James Caneron, Gale Ann Huard, Fox, and others are named in the Liens. Sophia just recently won the copyrights to the "Enter the Matrix" copyright which Warner bros was using as a trademark to collect royalties from The Matrix and other companies. I was just on the phone with Sophia 30mins ago. Guys this is very real and true. Warner Bros owns most media outlets so you won't hear much of this but soon you will. The Matrix 4 is already written and Sophia is now in negotiations to bring the movie to the big screen. Stay tuned fans. A major change has come. Thank God!!!
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Warner bros has spent millions of dollars to keep people quiet about this story. The little people always get shut out from what's really going on but common sense tells you the Wychanski bros didn't write the Matrix after matrix 2&3 was horrible. Let's not talk about Jupiter Ascending...the writing was not the same caliber of The first Matrix. The recent Terminator movie was a joke and Arnold Schwartneggar and company will have to pay dearly for that epic fail at the box office. Sophia Stewart has Terminator 5 movie script written already. She also has a new movie franchise ready to go. The investment firm that links up with her now will make hundreds of millions of dollars. She owns all of copyrights and IPs. Now that Warner Bros is out of the way, Sophia can now continue her wonderful work. The Enter the Matrix mark in the USTPO is now obsolete. Once again......"Thank God"
Terminator Genisys was actually a smashing hit overseas. so expect more sequels.

everything else you said was also nonsense.
Imagine how many other peoples original work has been stolen. Sophia Stewart stood alone like David and Goliath and walked with The Most High to defeat the giants of Hollywood. Her story will be the template for all people to follow. This will go down in history as the biggest legal victory ever. The people needs hope in today's world and I'm very sure this epic victory will give them that hope that "anything" is possible when you walk with God! You all won't believe this but I'm being blocked from my Facebook account due to me posting information about Sophia Stewart and other awareness topics. Www.matrixTerminator.com is Sophia Stewarts contact info. She's a very humble down to earth person. She is truly the oracle in real life...I kid you not. Now the world will be able to enjoy her tireless positive energy and effort through her works and interviews. Thanks for reading you all. :))
The sequels of that movie will be stopped with one lawsuit filed. Trust me Sophia Stewart started to shut it down before it was released but I'm glad she didn't because that's more money to collect from the box office overseas. The more the merrier at this point. They tried to say the movie wasn't derived from the original movie but you can't fool the people. The final truth is slowly surfacing. Watch how many people gravitate to this story in coming months. The response will be crazy. The fans deserve the Real Work on the screen and trust me it's coming.
Neal B says:
When nameless/faceless people show up here, I am compelled to do a bit of due diligence since very little on the internet can be trusted. You might want to consider changing your alias after you hear what I found.

"While driving his camper van from Manchester Metropolitan University, 49-year-old Derek Ashford of Cranberry Lane, Alsager stopped off in Warrington. According to court documents, Ashford exposed himself to a 31-year-old women before laughing and walking away. Sources say he was wearing skimpy and loose-fitting running shorts. With half an hour of the first incident, Ashford flashed himself at at 17-year-old girl waiting at a bus stop. Officers found a bag of pornography in the camper van when they investigated the incidents."
you're a nut, you'll most likely get blocked from here as well. trust me, it's coming.
Lisa Scott says:
this is hilarious! some dood must have bookmarked a 2 year old thread. then created an entirely new account to come in here and start up this "urban legend" story again. lol!

you need to find something to do with your life, to take up you time, and where you don't hurt yourself.
Non believer!! It doesn't get any better than being there in person buddy. You must work for Warner Bros. Keep on with the jokes because the joke is on YOU!! I'm only speaking the truth. I won't debate or insult you. Just remember my name. You will see me one day. Cheers!!

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