[quote] "Why someone would make such flawed allegation is beyond me".
I think that on the basis of the facts, as they were presented, the allegation was certainly with basis. To not come to that conclusion based upon the facts presented would seem to be biased. Having said that, I have no knowledge of what happened with the copy negative and the print sales that Ryan was involved in.
I guess that if we want to come to a true determination on this matter, then Ryan may want to provide the substantiation of where he got the prints, from whom, the dates that he obtained them and furthermore a verfiable accounting of the respective owner(s) of the print(s) from the date of their production until the most recent sale.
Anything else is simply arm waving our respective opinions and does not amount to a hell of a lot more than that.