Now you know the point of view of the rare noob that is unaware of Dion. You know why there's a free download? Because he isn't stupid, this is exactly to make him look like the good guy and drown out the usual people that will make fun of his business and his shitty practices from the past, like outright scamming people or making very capable translators/homebrewers quit by profiting off their work.
Speaking of preservationism, where's the original unmolested ROM? I've talked with some PCE devs about it, there's no way to know what parts of the credit screen are original (if they ever existed beyond text in the ROM), if any content was filled in via assumptions, etc. AND they removed some stuff like the UniPost logo at the title screen -- funny because the graphic data still gets loaded into VRAM anyway, it was just dummied out.
I assume Tobias Fudoh would actually release the original ROM dumps if people whined enough just to try and make us look like deranged complainers again, so that's something good that can come from this.