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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Princess Samantha Kennedy claims one of the most profitable movies of all time is based on her unpublished biography and demands Paramount Pictures destroy the film and award her billions of dollars.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Imperial Beach woman named Princess Samantha Kennedy claims the script of the movie Titanic unlawfully draws from her unpublished biography and family history, and last week filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement.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.

N.deBrabant February 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Well, the story could go back to 1953 version of Titanic. There was a "love story" in that movie as well although not as involved as the 1997 version. I suppose Walter Lords estate could also file suite as well. And lets us not forget The Unsinkable Molly Brown. They even had a nod to that movie at the dinner table. Molly talking about burning the money in a stove. No, I don't think this lawsuite has any bases for going forward.And what about the real J. Dawsons family? Couldn't they sue as well? Even though his first name was not Jack, he was a real person on the Titanic. A steward, I believe. No, I'm sorry, but Titanic was such a big story in 1997 when it was released and since, I can't believe you just heard about it. Too much time has passed.
Mike G February 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I can't freaking believe it but this nut job actually did get coverage on KFI-AM radio this morning on the little news breaks during the Handel on the Law show. Interesting tidbit in the previous post regarding Forrest Gump lawsuit too.
julie smith February 19, 2012 at 02:08 AM
LMAO!!!! What a F*ckn' Nut Job!!! BAWHAHAHA!!!
julie smith February 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
You're AN ASS!!!! HILARIOUS!!!!
Aaron February 19, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Who is their lawyer on this suit? I'd suggest a new one. Any first-year law student would have the common sense to tell their client to remain silent on the pending litigation and let the lawyer represent them.
JerryNYC February 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
You all need to settle down and stop calling people names. You don't even know if the person claiming to be Princess Samantha Kennedy here is actually the real woman. In order to prove Copyright Infringement, the claimant has to prove a) authorship, b) date of authorship, c) that James Cameron read her manuscript, d) that is substantially similar to Titanic. You cannot coptright an idea or character names, and even if Cameron knowingly borrowed from the Kennedy manuscript, that doesn't in and of itself represent a copyright infringement. Let the courts sort it out, like they did with Coming To America. And be civil!
Lauren February 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
So your meaning to tell me you have never heard of the 1997 movie Titanic up until this past year?? One of the me most famous movies of all time? Wow...Im 23 years old and remember this movie coming out. It seems like you should have too considering your oder then I am. Even if you havent been inside a movie theater since 1995 it has been on TV in the years since.
Cindy Lewis February 20, 2012 at 04:23 AM
This is not an organized attack against you. The commenters are not affiliated with the news website that posted this article. If you read a story about someone who genuinely thinks that they're a werewolf, or Napoleon, or one of Santa's Elves; it's shocking and funny. And since the website here lets anyone comment through their facebook account, and since nearly everyone is on Facebook these days, itnaturally attracted a lot of comments. These people are just expressing a natural reaction to someone who is obviously delusional. I do feel bad for the poor lady who really truly thinks that all these things are real. But she can't help it. She should have a guardian; someone to prevent her from seeing things that worsen her delusion and can shock or upset her. Someone to keep her off of the internet at large and away from people who aren't used to carefully choosing their words so as not to instigate her paranoia.
Alexandria Jones February 21, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I will not destroy my copy of titanic. It makes every woman and little girl have hope that they will find their soal mates, and for you to try and rip that away from them is horiable and selfish. I don't like you. Your making a fool of yourself telling us about how your friend died and you were in a car accident. Trying to make us feel sorry for you. No, we don't because when you attack a movie that has helped people on their worst days, we attack you. Your a horiable person wanting money and sympathy because your life has been so hard. Well guess what lives hard. I hate everything you are.
mlw February 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Titanis comes out in 3D soon!
mlw February 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I cant wait to see Titanis in 3D
Chico&The Man February 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
im suing warner bros for cheech and chong's up n smoke as characters in the movie mimic other members of my family and mee as cheech though none were passengers in the fiber weed van" I have not smoked a joint in a movie theatre since 1995 i want all copies tossed in the nearest bon fire...
rajjj March 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM
well am nt talking abt d copy right issues...bt its tough to believe wen u say u havent heard abt d movie Titanic :!!!
rajjj March 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
nd yeah u ra coming aftr a long 15 year's interval !!! funny indeed :)
N.deBrabant April 26, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I saw Titanic in 3-D. It was great. Any further word on this lawsuite?
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 09, 2014 at 05:25 AM
Hello, I am the person of this witch hunt. My name is Princess Samantha Kennedy and I have something to say to all of you who were involved in this ugly display and your deliberate act of trying to destroy, defame and degrade me. First of all , I have not read all of these remarks and I believe that if there are any threats to me, it should be turned over to the police, In another article, one woman wanted me to drown and die. Who in the word do you people think you are?! In this country if people are robbed, they are victims, some of you should be ashamed of yourselves. In this article, I see numerous mistakes. My sister is not Rose and my father is not Jack for one. My God. I know this case, I am the expert here as to what is going on with Paramount Pictures. Some of you used me to get your five minutes of fame. Years ago before there was Titanic, I worked for Paramount Pictures in a motion picture, I took classes with producers at Paramount Pictures, Paramount Pictures and I shared the same literary agent. When I was a baby, I disappeared from my family, for over 20 years. After years of searching for me, my brother found me, it was in the newspapers and on television. I wanted to write an expose as to why this happened, what went on. I wrote over 500 pages. I also wrote a small paragraph about Titanic. I have not been at the theatre since 1994, what is so unusual about that that? The judge in this case ruled that I had valid copyrights, the judge ruled that Paramount Pictures had access to my work, had their hands on my writings which is intent to copy. I have not sued James Cameron yet, it is mostly likely that he is going to be sued and I have been advised to sue him. I have witnesses who will verify that my writings have been copied. I have not yet because of the stress of what has been done to me and the hateful blogs, I have been in the hospital with internal bleeding, bleeding to death. I almost died and many of you contributed to this and the decline of my health. I am 56 years old and some of you should be ashamed of yourselves. There were two plaintiffs in this case, myself and my autistic son, Adam Urich, who a few years ago was commended by President Clinton. James Cameron was very clever in manipulating my writings so the events were out of sequence. When comparing the script he claims he wrote against my writings, he copies phrases, sentences, names, events, things I wrote about me and my family, to create the characters and the events in the motion picture. It is excessive and I have been told to sue him over the screenplay. The federal judges protect these corporations. I am not sick, crazy, stupid or a monster, I am a physically disabled woman who had a right to her property, you all did a very bad thing to me, very bad. I hope next time you set out to defame or destroy an innocent person, you think about it first before yo do. Princess Samantha Kennedy, honored Poet and Author http://about.me/princesssamanthakennedy36 http://princesssamanthakennedy.com http://www.facebook.com/princesssamantha.Kennedy Princess Samantha Kennedy is my legal name
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 09, 2014 at 05:40 AM
I have read some of your comments, very shameful. I am wondering also, if Paramount Pictures paid any of you to do this. The next time any of you are robbed or a victim of a crime or raped, I will not go on the internet and tell you are mentally sick and laugh at you. By the way, I did have a couple in my writings who were having their honeymoon gala on the boat and he gives her a necklace, same as what Cameron copied. And I wrote about Louis XVI and the beheadings . Even the scenes he omitted from the movie he copied from me, like the baseball scene at the stadium and the comet that steaks across the sky when someone dies, he copies that among many.
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 09, 2014 at 05:51 AM
These writings from others here go over the top with so much malice, yes I was set up here, I am glad my grandchildren have not read this. And if we ever see each other on the street, let's pretend we do not know each other. Understand?
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 09, 2014 at 05:20 PM
This article also contains another error, I did not grow up in Memphis, Tennessee. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and I have spent most of my life in San Diego County. I worked for Paramount Pictures years ago in a motion picture, I studied with producers at Paramount Pictures and Paramount Pictures and I shared the same literary agent. The judge ruled that paramount Pictures had my writings and ruled I had valid copyrights. I have been honored three years in a row by The City of San Diego, The Library and The Mayor with medallions at the Authors Annual Exhibit for religious poetry published in anthologies. One of these events took place at The Town and Country Ballroom and at The Downtown Library in the 1990s. I am a lifetime member of The Southern Poverty Law Center. It is our aim to teach tolerance and to stop racial hate crimes. I have worked 21 years for the state of California as a home health care provider. It is our job to make sure the elderly and the disabled are allowed to stay in their own homes and to be protected and happy there instead of going to an institution.
Mike G February 09, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Cuckoo, Cuckoo. Time for meds your highness. The smiling young man in the white coat will escort you to cotillion. Nighty night.
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 10, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Mike G, I think you are a very confused man, who is determined to slander and defame people who are innocent, why, by me being right discredits all of the people who went out to discredit me. I will not waste any more of my time with people who are malicious and brainwashed by the movie industry. You need to rethink who is the Cuckoo, but, that is something all of you and your doctors will determine for yourselves, I am not going to determine if all of you are crazy immature monsters, with too much time on their hands. But, it takes a lot of guts and bowels to have done what all of you did, a lot of guts. Remember, I love Kate and Leonardo, too, I do not like Paramount Pictures and James Cameron. James Cameron is the most hated man in Hollywood, we read he abused Kate and Leonardo and Leonardo and Kate said they would never work with him again. http://about.me/princesssamanthakennedy36 http://princesssamanthakennedy.com http://facebook.com/princesssamantha.kennedy
Mike G February 11, 2014 at 09:39 AM
I think the one that may have too much time on their hands is the one that concocted not one but THREE B.S. "look at me" web pages. I'm not saying your a total and complete nut job whacko (wink), but I think the cheese done slid off of your cracker.
Princess Samantha Kennedy February 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM
When Mr. Johnson got it wrong, he really got it wrong. He said that I was related to the Queen of England and that Rose was my sister and Jack was my father. My God! How wrong is that? By him writing that, he started an onslaught of these horrible attacks and slander. It is very erroneous what he said. I am the the person in this story, I was invited to this mauling and got slaughtered by these people because of the erroneous statements he made. I think it is against Patch's policy to have bloggers like these people to make hateful attacks like these against one of its members like this. Especially, since the actions of these people caused so much stress that I ended up in the hospital for internal bleeding and almost died a couple of months ago and I am still under a doctor's care. A motion picture is far more important than a person's life. I read also where one woman wanted me to die from a drowning and no one would jump in to save me. I consider these serious threats. I worked in a Paramount Pictures motion picture, I took classes with producers at Paramount Pictures, I shared the same literary agent with Paramount Pictures. The judge ruled I had valid copyrights, the judge ruled that Paramount Pictures had my writings. With my regular job, I have worked the State of California for 21 years in home health care which requires an extensive Federal background check and reviews, I would hardly think if I was crazy or a nut job, I would have worked this long at this job for the elderly and the disabled or have received as many honors as I have in this County and in Europe. I think the statements here are hateful and over the top and inappropriate, which are against Patch policies. I am also a physically disabled mother of three grown children and I am a mother of a twenty six year old son who is autistic that I care for. He won a medal in Special Olympics in running held at his school and he was commended by President Clinton, my son appeared on television. I have lived here most of my life, almost 30 years.
Princess Samantha Kennedy March 04, 2014 at 10:06 PM
I think I want to make a very serious comment here about this article, I have read it and it says "The Princess in her name is because growing up in Memphis, her mother told her she is related to the Queen of England"_____________________My mother never told me I was related to the queen of England, my full legal name is Princess Samantha Kennedy. I never grew up in Memphis. This article states that "Her Sister is Rose and her father is Jack, (slanderous)none of the passengers on the ship"____________________________I wrote about Titanic and the romance takes place on a boat for the honeymoon gala. She is sitting in front of a mirror combing her hair, he comes in and brings her a present. He bought her a necklace with a blue stone and diamonds same as the motion picture. I have the card game that wins the ticket and the artist, and much more, Cameron copied. He has not been sued yet. Rose is not my sister and Jack is not my father in the movie. Wow! James Cameron copied paragraphs, sentences, dialogue and events to create the motion pictures's characters and events. Because of some this story is wrong, it started a war against me where people, said I needed to taken to the crazy house, that I was sick, that I was stupid and so forth. A man on YouTube was removed by YouTube and the video he quoted from here, calling me sick and he asked others joined in. The video was removed. Another man was fired, and more sites quoting this story here were removed. And it caused me so much stress that a couple of months ago I was in the hospital from almost bleeding to death in my stomach, I am still under doctors care. A journalist writes to uphold the victim, not the criminal. I grew up here. I never "grew up in Memphis."
Princess Samantha Kennedy March 04, 2014 at 10:15 PM
My son was born here at UCSD, he thinks all of you are monsters.
Princess Samantha Kennedy March 05, 2014 at 01:18 PM
I did not know what a troll was until I read it five minutes ago. I believe that most of these cruel posts are by trolls. Do you know what you did to me or to others? You almost made me die. You trolls. I call you demons of the devil, very cruel, Trolls.
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.

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