Apple loses copyright claim against Corellium over simulated version of iOS operating system
IBNS: A US appeals court has rejected Apple Inc’s claim that security firm Corellium Inc violated its copyrights by creating a simulated version of the iOS operating system.
The simulation was intended to aid researchers in identifying potential security vulnerabilities in Apple’s devices. The ruling came on Monday, marking a setback for Apple’s efforts to protect its intellectual property, a report from Reuters stated.
In accordance with the fair use copyright doctrine, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Corellium’s recreation of Apple’s system is lawful and supports scientific advancement through valuable security research. Neither company has provided an immediate response to the decision.
Corellium, a Florida-based company, provides a software platform that enables the use of iOS on non-Apple devices and allows for in-depth analysis and modification of the operating system to enhance security research.
Apple filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Corellium in 2019 after an unsuccessful attempt to acquire the company for $23 million.
In 2020, a district court rejected Apple’s claims, which were subsequently appealed in 2021.
In its ruling on Monday, the 11th Circuit upheld Corellium’s fair use of iOS, acknowledging that the company’s software provides unique features that aid security researchers in ways that physical iPhones cannot.
The court rejected Apple’s argument that Corellium simply repackaged iOS for profit, which would have threatened Apple’s market and security research programs.
According to the circuit court, Corellium’s software has paved the way for more comprehensive security research on operating systems like iOS.
However, the appeals court has remanded the case to the district court to assess whether Corellium violated Apple’s copyrights by using its icons and wallpapers, or whether it facilitated copyright infringement by third parties.