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Princess Demands Billions for ‘Titanic’ Copyright Infringement

Princess Samantha Kennedy claims one of the most profitable movies of all time is based on her unpublished biography and demands Paramount Pictures destroy the film and award her billions of dollars.

An Imperial Beach woman named Princess Samantha Kennedy claims the script of the movie Titanic unlawfully draws from her unpublished biography and family history, and last week filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement.

For the alleged infringement she wants all copies of the movie destroyed, and to be awarded all money made by the movie. The second highest grossing film ever, according to IMDB.com Titanic made $1.8 billion in worldwide box office sales alone after its premiere in 1997.

Kennedy claims the family history and biography was written between 1990 and 1992 and covers generations dating back to the 1800s.

Her sister is Rose, Kate Winslet's character, and her father is Jack, Leonardo DiCaprio's character, she said. Other characters in the movie mimic other members of her family though none were passengers on the ship that sank 100 years ago.

The Princess in her name is because growing up in Memphis, her mother told her she is related to the queen of England. 

"They have exploited me. Their actions are willful, willful. I will suffer the rest of my life," she said in a handwritten complaint filed in the United States District Court in San Diego.

"I have not been in a movie theatre since 1995 and recently discovered the infringement. I have hundreds of pages of side by side comparisons that a school grader, a child could easily read to see infringement, that I will present to the court. I have proof that Paramount Pictures had access to my work in writing from them," she said.

Kennedy claims she only recently saw the movie on television within the last year.

The complaint also requests a preliminary injunction against the studio benefiting from the movie while the matter is being disputed.

Titanic 3D is expected to premiere April 4.

The movie studio received a copy of Princess' bigoraphy she said when she filed another copyright infringement suit against Paramount in the early 1990s.

Paramount Pictures was contacted for comment but did not respond before this story was published.

Part of Titanic was filmed at studios especially made for the movie just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Rosarito.

Janet Treadway March 24, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Samantha, I wanted to tell you I am sorry for any negative comments that I posted on here. I know what a great writer you are and I also know what an awesome mom you are. I should never have posted the things I did. I wish you well, good health and much success. Janet Treadway
Jennie Wentura April 14, 2014 at 04:49 AM
Hope this socalled princess dies in a diarrhea filled toilet he case is so full of crap u wont get my titanic DVD
Jennie Wentura April 14, 2014 at 04:53 AM
Princess Samantha Kennedy if those r ur pics damn ur fugly .
Princess Samantha Kennedy April 14, 2014 at 05:31 AM
That is not very nice to wish a death upon a physically disabled woman, very bad and these remarks and others here are against this paper's policy. It is very sad that some of you use me to get attention. I will pray for all of you, that you will get happiness in your life so you do not waste your time trying to destroy people's lives. You have created a lot of bad karma against yourselves. It may come back to haunt all of you someday. You should treat people with kindness, you do not want to be remembered as being ugly inside. Hatred is not good, do not hate, it will make you ugly. Keep your DVDs and every time you look at them, you will remember me and you will see me in your head and what you did. I feel sorry for you. This story was this paper's number one story for 2012 and look what people did here, very sad. This story also had many things written in it that were not true. It is sad that you still are obsessed with a motion picture and do not care about my life that you want me to drown in a toilet. That is pretty serious threat. And it is sick.
Princess Samantha Kennedy May 05, 2014 at 12:37 PM
When I looked up my name on the internet, I saw a photo of a heavy woman with a pink hat and I clicked on that photo and as a result this article that has said so many wrong things and then all the bad responses. The woman in the pink hat is NOT ME! I do not know who did that, but, it is not me. It is against Patch's policy to allow the remarks here that are hateful, threatening and cruel. Also, that woman's photo wearing a pink hat that links into this story is NOT ME!!!! What us going on here?

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