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Tiger Woods lawsuit thrown out of court

Tiger Woods lost the first round of a lawsuit against an artist who sold copies of a painting of the golfer.

U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit that accused an Alabama artist of unfairly profiting from Woods's fame by selling prints of the golfer's 1997 Masters victory.

The lawsuit was filed in Cleveland because Woods's company, ETW Corp., is based in the offices of his agent, Cleveland-based International Management Group.

Gaughan ruled that trademark or property rights laws do not protect Woods's image and that the First Amendment allows artist Rick Rush not only to paint Woods's image but also to profit from copies of the artwork.

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