Studio fuming over Mussolini iPhone app

Cinecitta archive wing threatens to sue for use of footage

ROME -- Cinecitta Luce, the archive wing of Italy's famed Cinecitta Studios, on Thursday vowed to sue any party that illegally uses its footage, a day after a hugely popular iMussolini application for Apple's iPhone was discontinued in the wake of threats from Cinecitta Luce.

The iMussolini application featured video and audio files of Italy's former strong-armed leader Benito Mussolini. Most of the information came from Cinecitta Luce, the group said, adding that the footage and recordings are meant to be used for educational purposes.

Before being removed, the application became the most popular iPhone application in Italy, with more than 1,000 paid downloads per day.

Cinecitta Luce said it threatened iMussolini creator Luigi Marino with a lawsuit, sparking the decision to pull the program, which also attracted criticism from Jewish groups.