you can see the editing in the footage when the yellow things(butterflys?) fly across the right side of the video and there's a blur where the image was doctored. And that's only just what I noticed from watching it once.
Not that I condone the hate emails and death threats, but part of the reason they're receiving it is because often times that's the only way people can vent on the situation; too often, as stated in the article, there's nothing done more than grand speeches of "truth" and "justice" with perhaps a slap on the wrist.
And to add to your point, it's sad that people don't recognize that deleting something is far from erasing it's existence forever. All whoever was responsible did, was make it that much more obvious they have something to hide.
I'm getting really tired of the argument: "while it's possible the law can be abused, we don't intend for it to be abused so we'll leave it the way it is. Trust us we're the government and we've never gone back and abused something we said we wouldn't."
Myriad Patent logic: "I spent X amount of money and Y years developing something, therefore I deserve a patent rather than Bob who did it for free. In fact, Bob shouldn't even be allowed to use that something at all because money."
Even if we set aside the problematic issues of copyright. Ethically, I think Disney is in the wrong here, for the handbag anyway. Is Disney really so short on talent they have to resort to profiting off of someone else's work? I'm fine with transformative work, but I can't stand it when someone claims another person's art as their own.