December 15, 2013, 12:06am
“Corruption” is commonly used in codicology (the history of manuscripts, their production, creation, and copying), but, particularly in the last 50 years, has been pointed out as a loaded term, implying a “purity” of one state or another, particularly with the rise of a semiotic and post-modern armory of concepts.
OP could refine his presentation of what that “final state” consists of. As mentioned by other posters, the answer, if there is a one-word one, would depend on the beginning and end assumptions of the state of the work, and indeed, as I noted above, in some clearing up as to what a “work” consists of.
Think of “The Director’s Cut” being released after cinema release, and the debate thereafter. It’s a deeply entrenched concept in the West–an example in music the, or an, opus. Music compositions at some point started being catalogued or referred to as Opus, eg Beethoven’s Op. 53 (a piano sonata). “Opus” is the singular of “opera,” by the way, so if you want to get all Latin “an opera by Verdi” is a corruption (:)) of one language. In music history, at some point the words “opus perfectum” (completed, in one meaning) were smacked on as an identifier, and then at some later point the word “perfectum” disappeared.
It’s difficult enough, and when added to that a misunderstanding and misuse of “evolution” in its Darwinian sense, with some secular, non-acknowledged Christian eschatology thrown in, the understanding of history gets, and has gotten, pretty weird.
But I digress.
True enough, I suppose, nevertheless “corruption” is the term widely used in the recording/media, computing/coding and most other communications industries when it comes to artifacts, omissions or anomalies introduced in the data by previously stated means, including the one suggested in the OP.