SaveStarWars.com has found a brilliant ally in the crusade to stop George Lucas from monkeying with the Star Wars movies: George Lucas, himself. http://savestarwars.com/lucasspeechagainstspecialedition.html
Notable quotes include the following."People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society."
** He's the copyright holder, they're his movies, but I'd have a hard time believing that "profit" and "an exercise of power" are alien concepts to LucasFilm."Tommorrow, more advanced technology will be able to replace actors with "fresher faces," or alter dialogue and change the movement of the actor's lips to match. It will soon be possible to create a new "original" negative with whatever changes or alterations the copyright holder of the moment desires. The copyright holders, so far, have not been completely diligent in preserving the original negatives of films they control."
** This is from the guy who can't seem to find the original negatives of Episode IV and who replaced Sebastian Shaw's Jedi-ghost with Hayden Christensen's."In the future it will become even easier for old negatives to become lost and be "replaced" by new altered negatives. This would be a great loss to our society. Our cultural history must not be allowed to be rewritten."
** I'll be right back; I have to go buy the unaltered original trilogy from Best Buy.
"The public's interest is ultimately dominant over all other interests."
** Who shot who first?
"And the proof of that is that even a copyright law only permits the creators and their estate a limited amount of time to enjoy the economic fruits of that work."
** George, your adopted kids' cybernetic great-grandchildren will somehow still have a death grip on this franchise, we all know it.
(Shamelessly 'borrowed' from Aaron Williams' blog)