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Off Beat: Judge rules logic in Matrix sequels lawsuit

April 29, 2014 - 1:25pm


Some may say better late than never, but that didn’t work out for Thomas Althouse.

Althouse filed suit in California federal court in 2013 alleging copyright infringement against Warner Brothers for its 2003 “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions films.”

What took so long?

Althouse claimed that he did not actually see the films until 2010, at which point he wondered and researched on whether they infringed on his 1993 script, “The Immortals.”

Just another three years and it was time to sue.

Althouse’s script is about a CIA agent made immortal by a drug, who then finds himself in the year 2235, where Adolph Hitler and some Nazis (also immortal) have been reanimated from cryopreservation and want to oppress, destroy, etc.

All of which caused District Judge R. Gary Klausner to find “The basic premises of The Matrix Trilogy and The Immortals are so different that it would be unreasonable to find their plots substantially similar,” in his ruling Monday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.

Althouse further claimed the films hold similarities in that they both have allusions to Christ, but Judge Klausner ruled that “…allusions to Christianity in literature date back hundreds of years and are not generally protectible.”

 



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