Lucasfilm have always been open minded in respect to Fan Films and have never had a problem with Fan Edits either as long as they are never made for financial gain. There have only been a few that have crossed that line. LFL have been supportive of these offering competitions, sound effects and more online to get the creative juices flowing of their fan base. The fan edits on the other hand are very much down to speculation. Some have said that Lucas doesn't like fan edits - but no stops have been made to halt their production. As much as we love the movies - there will always be fan films. As much as we love news and critique on the franchise - there will always be speculation. As long as there are the Special Editions - there will always be be fan edits and restorations. It seems there is much debate on the whole controversy of fan edits. Do fan editors have a right changing movies? An uncountable number of fans didn't like SW offerings from the Special Editions to the PT. Some debate that since there has been constant refusal to release the original unaltered trilogy, fans have painstakingly restored the OTT in their own ways and released them in the digital world. Some debate that Special Edition changes were unnecessary and they bring there own versions forward as an option in the digital world as an alternative. For the hundreds of takes on a fan version of what they'd like to see - they offer these love letters in various forms paying tribute to something they love and unleash the into the digital world for free. Most tell you straight that you have to own the retail versions of films on DVD or Blu-Ray to get these versions. Over the past 14 years - the ball started rolling. For every Phantom Edit - their were 100 imitations. For every restoration of the OT - there were fans scrambling to do better and most working on them and it becoming too much to finish their product. The fan community in edits/fan films are like DJ's - they take a track and can either simply change the pitch, cue mark or remix them and turn them into a mash-up. Artists don't mind just as Lucasfilm is open to them. There have been the two largest contenders out of them in the last 10 years: Adywan and Harmy... Harmy's Despecialized Editions: He restored the SW Theatrical trilogy to the open world as an alternative. Many miss the SW they grew up with and don't want to keep wearing down their VHS cassettes or thinning LD restorations. Either way, Harmy has amassed both critical praise and debate. Adywan's Revisited Saga: Many have seen his cut of A New Hope: Revisited and his take on the saga has amassed 33,000 fans already on Facebook which may seem like madness for a fan edit. Some love it. Some don't. But as of 19th February, I luckily managed to see a workprint of Adywan's Revisited cut The Empire Strikes Back and it is - without question - something very special even at 80% complete. Now both of these fan editors have a fan base for something they love like most of us and they have dedicated time and effort to what they have produced. They simply offer a free alternative. Some would say that it's not their place to do such edits - yet LFL fully are aware of them and hasn't slammed an cease and desist order on their doorsteps. Some would disagree and go to another S.E fan edit other than the official releases they already own because it's their preference. What are your thoughts?