A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Lucasfilm developed EditDroid, a computerized editing system that used multiple laserdiscs, and it demonstrated the ill-fated technology at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual convention in Las Vegas in 1984. So why do we care in 2013? How about 30 minutes of unreleased footage from Return of the Jedi?
The unnamed page administrator behind a Facebook page titled Return of the Jedi long lost Edit Droid Laserdisc Discovered purchased a LaserDisc on eBay that was apparently used by Lucasfilm to promote EditDroid, and it contained “approximately 30 minutes of unedited raw, unsweetened work print takes in letterbox format of scene 50 (Luke on Dagobah with Yoda),” according to the page’s about section.
Several videos have been posted, each containing the following disclaimer, and Disney, which now owns Lucasfilm, had not taken action at the time of this post:
Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
Readers: Should Disney allow the videos to remain on this page?