Apple loses copyright claims against virtual device maker

Fahad PervezWeb Editor

30th Dec, 2020. 09:55 pm

Smartphone maker Apple has lost its copyright claims against Florida based company that makes a ‘virtual iPhone’ used by security researchers to test for vulnerabilities to its system.

As per reports, Corellium LLC copied the operating system, graphical user interface, and other aspects of the devices without obtaining its permission. It also accused Corellium of selling privileged information after hiding under the pretense of helping discover bugs in Apple’s iPhone’s operating system. Corellium was suspect of selling such illegal information on the open market to the highest purchaser.

West Palm Beach District Court Judge, Rodney Smith in the ruling on Tuesday stated that Corellium’s actions fell under an exception to copyright law because it creates a new, virtual platform for the iOS and adds capabilities previously not available on Apple’s devices.

The Judge stated that the fact that Corellium sells its product does not in any way; undermine its fair use defense, particularly considering the public benefit accruing from the sale of the said product.

The judge said that Corellium may still be in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits tools to circumvent security measures, therefore he declined to dismiss that aspect of the case in his ruling. He ordered the two sides to submit a status report by January 11, 2021, to determine how the case proceeds.

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