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Netflix sued for streaming Bicycle Thieves ‘without copyright’

photo: Allstar/The Criterion Collection/Sportsphoto Ltd., The Guardian

Netflix has been accused of illegally streaming the classic Italian neo-realist drama Bicycle Thieves. […] The confusion over Bicycle Thieves’ status reportedly stems from a 1985 US court ruling in which a judge ruled the film to be in the public domain because neither side in a dispute over rights had taken the time to re-register its copyright. The judge said in his ruling that the subtitled or dubbed version might remain under copyright as a derivative work, leading to Corinth Films’ complaint. – Ben Child, The Guardian