I assumed there was a technical reason for it, and not some malicious lock-in-strategy.
Nonetheless, there are other ways around that, like the Lightroom-example I mentioned.
It’s not perfect software, but they really stick to their mantra “always keep original files unaltered”, and I strongly think that Maxon should have adopted that thinking.
Please consider this for future releases, as the functionality of the asset browser is really well done. But I will never-ever put my files in there if there’s no reasonable way to get them out again.
Also, thank you for your explanation, Srek. Transparency goes a long way