Developer Takes Down Mussolini iPhone App

It generated legal questions, protests —but might return
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2010 6:30 PM CST
The iMussolini app.   (iTunes)

(Newser) – The developer of an iPhone application featuring Benito Mussolini—which became the most popular app in Italy—is withdrawing it over legal questions about the fair use of video and audio clips. Luigi Marino’s iMussolini also sparked not only protests from Jewish groups and others, but also hand-wringing from pundits over a revival of fascism and the wartime dictator’s image.

The film institute from which Marino pulled some 25 minutes of highlights from Mussolini speeches says such an application is outside the realm of acceptable use—a charge Marino plans to fight. And if he wins, he tells the BBC he’ll bring iMussolini back to the App Store.

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