Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie

Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix movie

Black Author wins The Matrix Copyright Infringement Case: VIDEO

  • Posted on: 25 December 2013

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, a 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

‘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 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!’

SOURCE: Greg Thomas, Editor; Courtesy of CNN IReport,I saw this article and I am sharing by reblogging


This article is based on a widespread internet hoax. Sophia Stewart's lawsuit was summarily dismissed for lack of evidence. You can find an examination of the hoax on CCTV's NeighborMedia here:


If it is a hoax or not, the authorities have not arrested her as a perpetrator of lies as of yet. I'm still looking into it, perhaps Ms Steward can be invited to speak here at CCTV?

Did you know that according to the (THAINDIAN NEWS) Larry Wachowski, the former Matrix Director underwent an operation so that he could switch his gender.Wachowski now goes with the name Lana, after having a successful sex change operation. Wachowski who is 47 years old announced himself last week at a film promo where he introduced himself as Lana.Wachowski wore a grey dress and had dreadlocks on his head. He also spoke with a German accent. It is not yet clear whether the operation was completely successful, but Wachowski says that he has been in transition for a long time and he thinks that the transition is now complete and he is a complete female.

News is universal, the citizens of the earth have a right know, and that is the naked truth.

Yours In Peace,

Something should be done about this comment option, one can't edit his/her submission.



There is no "if". Stewart's suit alleging that The Matrix was stolen from her was summarily dismissed. You can find the ruling in the official record of the US court system here: .

"Authorities" do not arrest people who are "perpetrator of lies", nor do they arrest people who file false or frivilous lawsuits. When one files a lawsuit that's found to be so baseless as to be a waste of the court's time, the sanction applied is that the filer of the lawsuit must pay all costs associated with it. That's exactly what happened here.

News is universal and the citizens of the earth have the right to know that your original posting is untrue. That's the naked truth.


Thank you for responding to my postings and comments. Tell me, just how much do you know about this Stewart woman? Do you know why she has not been, or being charge with a crime, and indicted for fabrication a falsehood, or as you put it presenting misinformation. A 100% fabrication of the truth on the scale of claims and their interactions, with courts of law involve in this matter, are grounds for a serious criminal offense. You failed to mention if she was charged with a crime, for her part in presenting so-called mis-information. The courts not convicting, or the defendants resons not filing charges against the Stewart women is nebulous. Any news worthy matter that involves the judicial system is public knowledge, to tag it as copyright violation is equally unjust.

I try to cultivate a non conventional approach to non mainstream public worthy news information, you seem to be just the opposite, by your support of the conventional or mainstream approach to news reporting. Non conventional approaches to news reporting is in accord with independent community/public news media outlets such as a CCTV. Your insinuation may be right about my development as a reporter of items of community interest in neo-mainstream media outlets. It's conventional to prosecute lies and mis-information. Where is the news on these developments in the Stewart women's case, it sounds more like a conventional type cover up.



To review the basic facts:

- you posted an article entitled "Black Author wins Copyright Case for Matrix move" which you sourced to a CNN iReport
- that iReport has been taken down and a notice posted that it was not true
- I've provided you the court decision which shows that, rather than winning a copyright case, the author in question lost and was required to pay over $300,000 in court costs

There is nothing conventional or unconvential about these facts. Your article was untrue.

You seem to misunderstand how the American justice system works. It is not a crime to file a lawsuit based on false information, thus Stewart will not be charged with anything. The way one is punished for a baseless lawsuit is by being made to pay the costs of the lawsuit. That's what happened in this case.

Your article was untrue and should be retracted. Unconvential reporting requires credibility and you damage yours, and by reflection CCTV's, by not acknowledging the simple facts of this matter.

Peace Be Unto You Once Again Mr. Tannenbaum,

I think your going over the top in your accusations, that I'm intentionally presenting untruths. Now, I really need to approach this matter by going back to review the initial facts here. For me they started with becoming a member of CCTV, and you know I don't have to remind you of all the opportunities involved for members such as myself (Seniors) here at CCTV, and you too. As you must know
membership at CCTV provides access to the services and facilities that CCTV offers. Anyone can create an account on our website and begin contributing blogs, photos, and more that they believe to be relevant to the greater community. In all my submissions my intentions were to submit something relevant to the community/ population base at large. You can't prove that it wasn't. Again, you must also remember that membership at CCTV, is not the same as it would be at a main stream convention media outlet. We (CCTV) are an alternative source of media for a diverse community (population). Isn't that right. Are you a qualified specialist in critiquing members of alternate media or not ? That's one of the reason, I think your going over the top with your criticism of me. Your conventional criticism of me won't work, as far my alternative media credibility is concerned. CCTV is more of a self help educational type media, we are all students in learning, not paid conventional media types. You are passing judgement on me as, if I was a paid media type, and this was a conventional media outlet. Most of what applies to main stream media is obsolete in alternative media, and I question if this has anything or very little to do we the American Justice System as you insinuated it does. The jury is still out on alternative media outlets, and until it get's back in, we should be very careful of what we accuse others, especially the layman alternative media personal such as myself and other members of CCTV, as they all strive to better their performances as non paid members of Community and Public Access (Alternate Media) Media.

Don't get me wrong I do appreciate your feedback, it's starting to open a can of worms that should have been clarified in the early days of alternate media. But for all I know as a beginner, it may have been. Many community access and public access stations, and PEG, are honeycomb by convention media critics, such as yourself, seeking to undermined the direction alternative media is moving in. I don't know if this is your number or not, but it's starting to point towards a kind bullying conventional thinking type criticism. Again the jury is still out on all of this.

Yours In Peace,
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid