Apple loses copyright lawsuit against startup that simulated iOS for research

Apple loses copyright lawsuit against startup that simulated iOS for research

Apple Inc on Monday failed to convince a US appeals court that security startup Corellium Inc violated its copyrights by simulating its iOS operating system to help researchers fix security flaws in Apple devices find.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals held that Corellium lawfully replicated the Apple system under the US copyright fair use doctrine and promoted scientific advancement by supporting important security research.

Company officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision.

Florida-based company Corellium’s software allows users to run iOS on non-Apple devices and inspect and modify the operating system in a way that security researchers can more effectively search for vulnerabilities. Apple sued Corellium in federal court in South Florida in 2019 for copyright infringement.

Apple tried unsuccessfully to buy Corellium for nearly $23 million before filing the lawsuit, the appeals court said.

The district court dismissed Apple’s claims regarding Corellium’s 2020 iOS simulator. Apple appealed in 2021.

The 11th Circuit agreed that Corellium used iOS fairly on Monday, saying that Corellium’s software adds new features that help security researchers “do their job in ways physical iPhones just can’t.”

The appeals court rejected Apple’s arguments that Corellium repackaged iOS into another format simply for profit, thereby damaging Apple’s market for its operating system and security research programs.

Corellium “opened the door to deeper security research in operating systems like iOS,” the district court said.

The appeals court remanded the case to the district court to determine whether Corellium infringed copyrights covering Apple’s icons and wallpapers or contributed to infringement by a third party.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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