In 2010, Tom Althouse went into a legal battle with one of the top film studios, Warner Bros.
Tom Althouse’s script The Immortals was used to make the major blockbuster Matrix Trilogy. What started as a simple journey to regain the rights of a stolen screenplay has turned into the revelation of a conspiracy involving one of the biggest names in Hollywood today. What we are standing in front of now is information mapping a system that the studios use in order to basically take what they want.
This should have been a simple open and close case. Copyright infringement law rests on two major details. The first being access. Did the accused party have sufficient access to the works in question? (click here to see the direct access to WB) And secondly are similarities. Did the copied work carry the signature of the stolen material? (click here for full list of similarities) Now I just want to make a note that according to District Court 9, in cases where absolute access is proven, then less similarity needs to be shown because it is assumed that the work was taken from.
Therefore when you have absolute access, over 190 matching similarities and have your personal information hidden in the movies in question, but your case still goes horribly wrong just as the Althouse VS WB case, then we need to start looking at the details why.
It is a highly known fact in the industry that even having some semblance of a case produces settlement talks in order to save the trouble of a lengthy court battle. But this case is an example of what happens when you have indisputable overwhelming evidence that can roll heads. The reason why there was no settlement was because they knew they had an unwinnable case so they bought off Althouse’s attorney and smeared him in the media.
From the start of the case there was a media blackout headed by their very own news source TMZ which fed all the other news sources going worldwide. Their slanderous title calling Althouse "Just a Hack” set the tone of the campaign against an award winning writer, while at the same time they blocked all positive comments in favor of Althouse on their news sites. Not only that but the TMZ head of legal was also the head of legal against this case! They used their own news source to defame the true writer and shut out the media from the story.
If we would have been able to present this case to the courts justly, so many questions would have been answered. Here we could go into the details of the meanings locked inside the film like how to balance the equation, what the true energy source was that was being harvested, the rule of the one world order and on and on. The Wachowski’s were not writers. Therefore they didn’t know the layers to what they were stealing and instead they cut it up adding their kung fu and anime leaving the audiences confused and empty with an unraveled convoluted and unexplained story.
The inspiration for The Immortals came from Tom Althouse’s real life experiences. (see article here) Not some comic book like the Wachowski’s are into. This is the tip of the iceberg of a compelling story in its own right that is needing to be told. That writers everywhere might benefit from this unfortunate tale of corruption and greed. This is also a warning of the current condition of not only the film industry but our legal system as well.
The video above shows the insert of Tom Althouse's personal information hidden in the first Matrix film
Author Tom Althouse
Tom Althouse is a playwright, actor and author and his recent awards include selection by Maui TV News a best comic actor for 2013, The Maui Fringe Festival's Hoku Award for best actor 2012 and Maui Time Magazine recognized him in 2011 in its selection of 20 People Who Matter on Maui.