1. Very well put, and that's exactly what I was alluding to by my original post. And this isn't a case of 'fanboys creating a stink to get the version they want'. This is a case of film fans making sure that important works of art are preserved ALONGSIDE the changed/altered versions, particularly with films as important as Star Wars. I think a law needs to be passed which protects without exception the original screened (to the public) versions of ANY film, as a matter of course. This just happens to be about a film called Star Wars, which unfortunately does carry rather a lot of baggage with it. 2. Ethan Riley: "Doesn't matter who's right or wrong because no crime has been committed" - in YOUR opinion..... There are plenty of crimes which are committed legally, especially against art. "A better option would be to write polite letters to Lucasfilm, asking them to kindly release the original versions on bluray. " - Do you not think that this has already been happening for at least a decade now... 3. "So who the hell does this dork think he is, trying to get some stupid law passed?" - Nice..... 4. "I'm not having any of this" - Fine! Stand back and let important works of art get steadily mutilated over the years. It's your cultural history... I've had my say folks, and will bow out now. I just hope that when Lucas finally makes that one future change that pisses even the most casual/laid back film fan off, one will perhaps remember this discussion...
Ok, so you had your say and you're leaving the room. Fine. I have a few more things to say, however. Point by point: 1.) It is a case of fanboys trying to get the government to force George Lucas to do what they want. It's because that's what started all this nonsense in the first place. You're stirring up a huge international debate over film preservation with the end goal being George Lucas releases the original films, okay? That's what started all this, therefore, that's what you really want. 2.) In your world, it becomes a crime for artists to revise their works. Every classic author in history revised their works. Shakespeare did it. Dickens did it. Carroll did it. They are all now criminals, thanks to you. 3.) Thank you. But I notice you're in the UK and yet you're somehow trying to get the U.S. government to pass a law. It's kind of like an international incident!
And I'm not at all certain how copyright law works in your country, but here in the U.S. artists are not forced to do anything by the government, nor should they ever be. It's called the First Amendment--which protects freedom of speech (including works of art). Lucas has every right to revise his works. I can't put it any clearer than that. And for the government to force him to do anything flies in the face of this country's founding fathers, who--might I add--basically founded this country in order to get away from yours. No offense intended, but that's just the way things work in this country, so I have no idea why you're trying to meddle with our rights as they stand. So thousands of fans have asked Lucas to re-release the originals on home video. And he won't. So we have to go over his head, change standing laws and get the government to force him to do it, by making him into a criminal if he does not comply? What a bastardly idea. I can't believe anyone would even conceive of such a thing, yet here we are. 4.) Mutilated? Kind of an hysterical term. You wouldn't by any chance be one of those guys who go around railing against circumcision, now would you? That's the term they always use, in order to stir up public hysteria in what would otherwise be a non-issue: "mutilated." Forgive me--I am not trying to get personal here, but you really need to rethink your whole stance on this issue. Just keep this in mind: George Lucas, and other filmmakers who alter their works--are wholly within their rights as artists and Americans. There is no law--nor should there ever
be--that can cause them to alter it in any way, shape or form due to public outcry. It's censorship. It's a revocation of an artist's freedoms as outlined in the Constitution. It's outright theft
, if you want to go that far. Just the mere idea of any of this actually happening makes me sick to my stomach. You need to go back to square one. You already stated that fans have been writing to Lucasfilm, asking for the original films to be re-released on home video. And that's all they should be doing. If and when the time is right, Lucasfilm will do just that. If they don't--we move on. Because Lucas is both the author and the owner of those films and as an American he is free to do whatever he pleases with them. We don't have to like it, but if we remove those liberties from him, we have to remove them from everybody--including ourselves. We are not talking
about a public work; we are talking about a work of art that is authored and owned by a private individual. There's absolutely no other way to look at this. The worst case scenario is that the First Amendment is simply revoked--because that's what it's going to boil down to, if all this comes to pass. I don't think it's worth it--revoking the First Amendment just so we can watch Star Wars. I hope this post clears things up my viewpoint a little better, and that you will understand where I am coming from.