Since Rick is not here to speak for himself, I would ask that all discussion on that topic end. And unless any poster actually knows what he's doing, let's refrain from making statements based on what someone has "heard". A quick Google search mentions that "Beginning January 20th through April 17, 2005, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new gallery exhibition "Erich Von Stroheim: A Life Discovered." Stills, letters, documents, video clips are on display, organized by Rick Schmidlin (who did the GREED reconstruction as well as the LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT reconstruction for Turner)."
I am fairly sure that Journey Into Fear is still owned by Warner, else we would have 1001 garbage PD versions of it.
And regarding restorations, I agree with Harvey in that we will likely never see the original Ambersons, regardless of what people do, professionally or otherwise to rebuild it. If the original footage isn't there, you can't restore or reconstruct it, or whatever you wish to call it. We can use scripts, stills, storyboards, whatever, but it is only an impression of the original, not a restoration. I'm not sure what the best word is for these attempts to put a butchered film back together, but restoration or reconstruction isn't it. Doesn't mean people should stop doing them, though.