Striking at the heart of his fair use case against the AP, Shepard Fairey has now been forced to admit that he sued the AP under false pretenses by lying about which AP photograph he used to make the Hope and Progress posters. Mr. Fairey has also now admitted to the AP that he fabricated and attempted to destroy other evidence in an effort to bolster his fair use case and cover up his previous lies and omissions.
The evidence of which photograph Mr. Fairey has used is right here in a combination of human analysis (good old fashioned research) and image recognition analysis. Mr. Shepard Fairey has used Mannie Garcia’s photograph to create his iconic image. I am not sure the fair use movement is going to want Mr. Shepard Fairey as its poster man!