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Saturday, March 12

the slow wheels of justice


October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute 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 residing. 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."

"and the monkey flipped the switch"

3 Comments:

Blogger Nightmare said...

So how much did she get?

I hope those freaky brothers have to give up a whole stack of their ill gotten booty.

like 90%!! fucking weirdos.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Rusty said...

Too bad they couldn't have ripped off something that didn't suck. Those movies were ass.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Rusty, the first Matrix and the first Terminator were both pretty good movies....

8:48 AM  

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