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In October 2012, the Düsseldorf District Court (Landgericht) ordered the destruction of a fake painting by Jörg Immendorf. Its decision was based on a provision in the German Copyright Act (Urhebergesetz), pursuant to which forged works of art can be destroyed on the basis of a court order. This decision has now been set aside by the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Düsseldorf.
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Buying a painting straight from the source, one would have thought, offered maximum protection against fakes. Not always: In a judgment last week, the District Court (Landgericht) Düsseldorf ordered that a fake Immendorf painting titled „Ready-Made de l’Histoire dans Café de Flore“ (pictured to the left) be destroyed.