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Apple loses copyright battle against security startup Corellium



Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Correllium had no immediate comment.

Apple originally tried to acquire Corellium in 2018, according to court records. When the procurement negotiations stalled, Apple sued Corellium last year, claiming that the virtual iPhones, which contain only the bone functions necessary for security research, constitute a violation of copyright law. Apple also claimed that Corellium had circumvented Apple’s security measures to create the software, thereby violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That claim has not been dropped.

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7;s lawsuit against Corellium has threatened to lower the start-up company. Corellium’s legal resources were limited by the relatively small budget.

In the lawsuit, Apple had claimed that Corellium’s products could be dangerous if they got into the wrong hands, because security flaws detected by Corellium could be used to hack iPhones. Apple claimed that Corellium was selling its product without distinction, a claim Corellium denied. Judge Rodney Smith called Apple’s argument on these allegations “confusing, if not unfortunate.” Judge Smith found that Corellium used an appraisal process before selling its products to customers.

“Weighing all the necessary factors, the court finds that Corellium has met its burden of establishing fair use,” Judge Smith wrote Tuesday’s order. “Thus, the use of iOS in connection with the Corellium product is permitted.”

Over the weekend, Forbes named Corellium the best cyber security product of the year.


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