George Lucas told the New York Times this week that there will be no more Star Wars films, and that he’s essentially retiring. Mr. Lucas cites the enormous criticism from online fans and critics alike for killing the franchise.

Lucas drew truckloads of criticism, first for his digital revisions to the original three films when they were re-released in theaters and subsequent DVD releases, and then his trilogy of prequels to which fans took great offense. Dumbing down the storyline, making it more “kid-friendly” or more “franchising” friendly are just some of the many problems fans cited regarding the recent prequels.

Fans consider his new additions and revisions to the original trilogy in subsequent releases as “bastardizing” the mythos, and almost rewriting the storyline of the films.

Which brings up a more philosophical question: When does art become public domain? Since Lucas conceived the entire story, isn’t it okay for him then to tweak them as he may, as he likes no matter how much time transpires? Or, since they are put out into the public arena for all to see and enjoy, is it right for the man then to take back what some people have adopted as their “bible”, and start rewriting certain pages or even chapters?

Either way, Lucas blames the criticism for not only discouraging him from making the last three installments of the series, but even to retire and “move way from the business and the company”.

I guess this may turn into one of the biggest debates of all time.

Things to make you go Hmmm.