A security research firm, Corellium, sued by Apple, won a lawsuit against the iPhone maker. In Florida, a federal judge rejected Apple’s claims that the security research firm violated copyright law with its software. According to the Washington Post, the presiding has extensive consequences for iPhone security research and copyright law. Moreover, the federal judge ruled that creating virtual iPhones from Corellium was not a copyright violation. In some way, it designed to help improve the security of iPhone users across the world.
The report quotes the ruling as saying on Tuesday, Corellium was not creating a rival product for consumers. However, it was a research tool for a relatively small number of users. The judge late ruling on a separate Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) charge, whereas the result is still an essential setback for Apple. Corellium, established in 2017, gave its customers the ability to run and operate virtual iPhones on desktop computers. Moreover, the software of Corellium makes it unnecessary to use iPhones physically that contain dedicated software to poke and prod iOS, the mobile operating system of Apple.
David L. Hecht, co-counsel for Corellium and founder of law firm Hecht Partners, expressed his pleasure after the rulings of the court. He says that the ruling of the court comes on the fair use of the software. Further, he added that their clients at Corellium displayed in this important fight. The court acknowledged the strong balance that fair use of the software provides against the reach of copyright protection into other markets. And it is a big win for the security research industry specifically.
Apple claims against the Corellium’s products
On the request from different media giants like CNN for comment, Apple didn’t respond immediately. Apple argued in the suit that the products of Corellium might be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands because security flaws found by Corellium might use to hack iPhones. Whereas Apple argued that Corellium sells its product extensively, where Corellium denied it. Rodney Smith, the Jude hearing the case, called the arguments of Apple on those claims “Puzzling if not untruthful.” He founded that Corellium used a screening process before selling its products to customers.
According to the court records, in 2018, Apple tried to buy Corellium. After the hindered talks of the acquisition, Apple takes legal action against Corellium in 2019, claiming its virtual iPhones, which comprise of only the essential functions necessary for security research, create a violation of copyright law. Likewise, Apple accused Corellium circumvented the security measures of Apple to make the software, so violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Smith wrote in Tuesday’s order that considering all the essential factors, and the court finds that Corellium met its load of creating fair use. Therefore, its use of iOS relating to the Corellium Product is permissible.
In the past, firms like Apple typically overcame similar copyright cases, and the ruling of the court came as a surprise to some attorneys. Over 2019 tech giants used to face tougher scrutiny as representatives and regulators probe the behavior of the industry. The CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple faced inquiries about exploitation before Congress. Whereas Facebook and Google faced charges by states and regulators on those grounds.