Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Challenges Woods' Swing at 1st Amendment

Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Challenges Woods' Swing at 1st Amendment

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The Society of Professional Journalists today asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject Tiger Wood's appeal in a right-of-publicity lawsuit that threatens First Amendment rights.

Woods sued artist Rick Rush after the artist painted Woods at the Masters golf tournament in April 1997 and then sold 250 limited-edition serigraphs and 5,000 smaller lithographs. Woods claims the sale of the paintings violate his trademark and right of publicity. Rush has created similar paintings of sports stars Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson during public events.

The Society joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in filing a friend-of-the-court brief on the case. The brief, drafted by the Reporters Committee, asks the federal appeals court to reject Woods' appeal of a decision by U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Gaughan that the artwork did not violate Woods' rights. …

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