Tiger Vs. Journalists

11/06/1997 at 12:00 AM EST

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods sued Alabama artist Rick Rush after he sold prints of a painting he did of the champ after his 1997 Masters tournament victory, but a judge threw out the case, ruling that trademark laws didn't protect Tiger's image. Woods is now appealing, and the Society of Professional Journalists, in support of the artist, has asked the appeals judge to deny the golfer's claim, saying it would hamper the First Amendment rights of writers and artists everywhere.

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