I was unaware of the Mopar issue you describe which is an interesting situation indeed. Years ago I was threatened/I mean warned that being caught with unused rosette rivets was worth a $10K fine but you're right, now I see they are easily obtainable online. Even so I stand behind my (and your) preference to leave well enough alone.
My '69 Camaro has the same issue but here in Massachusetts our VIN's get photographed every year. I don't know that anyone actually looks at the images but I'm sure they're saved somewhere. I'd consider any sudden change in appearance a source of uncomfortable questions.
Not to long ago, I worked on the design for a craft distillery. The NC Building Code and NC Fire Code. Which are amended versions of the 2015 IBC codes. In the FC it allows for the storage of spirits in wooden barrels with out classifying them as a hazardous (flammable) liquid. But, the BC did not allow that same exception. And when classified as a flammable liquid storage, it became a Hazardous occupancy classification H-3. So even though the exception was in the FC, if it is not also written the same way in the BC it really isn't an exception after all. There have been others, but that is what comes to mind right now.
Interesting article. While I can understand the removal of a vin plate due to certain issues, replacing the plate using correct rivets is a must. Which leads me to this story. While at Fall Carlisle several years ago, I came across a 1970 Chevrolet model, rare in the fact that just north of 3800 of this model type were produced. It appeared to be an impressive restoration, all original, numbers matching, but closer inspection revealed the vin plate was secured by two Phillips head type screws. The following January the same vehicle came up for auction at Mecum Kissimmee, was stated to be an AACA award winner and the hammer price was north of six figures if memory serves me correctly. It must have been an internet buyer! Oh BTW the car was featured by Hemmings in April 2021 concerning this certain model’s rise in popularity in the Muscle Car market.