The "it's not gone" argument ignores the core of all this -- the issue of tampering.
I'm sorry, but I don't see Star Trek
as some type of sacred religious relic.
I think you completely missed my point, which ain't about TREK at all; it is about ANY creative piece of work. You can put it out there to acclaim or disdain or whatever response it happens to engender, but that is the work, like it or not. This 'hey let's give this thing these other guys did another bash' notion invalidates and diminishes.
Maybe you do have one point with your comment, about the use of 'sacred.' Creativity SHOULD be considered sacred.