Again I couldn't agree with you more. It would be so wonderful for the directors to release those edited versions to the public. That way people would be getting the movies they want any way they wanted (original, directors cut, unrated, and edited) Almost like a KFC(original , crispy, extra spicy, and skinless) That way the actors and producers would have control, and there wouldn't have to be a third party trying to keep the feeling of the movie while taking out the explitives. But until that happens we go back to the same old story. Right or Wrong people want the edited movies, they know exactly what they are getting, so give the people what they want. Maybe these lawsuit will give enough public attention that Hollywood will clue in that there really are a lot of people that love movies but don't like the "BUT..." that comes with them.
There may be a market for edited movies, but there's also a market for kiddie porn. Just because a market exists, that doesn't mean that the market ought to be satisfied.
Movies are intellectual property. The owners of that IP are the ones who have the right to say what will or will not be done with that IP. The hack in Orem doesn't own the rights to Gibson's movie. He owns a license to view his copy. He can trash his copy if he wishes, but that license doesn't give him the right to re-sell the trashed version. It's theft. If Mel Gibson doesn't wish to offer an edited version, then that's his business. The hack from Orem has no right to make that decision for him.