Court says Corellium isn’t violating any copyrights in its legal battle with Apple

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A US court has ruled that Corellium is not infringing any copyrights with its products in its ongoing legal battle with Apple. 

Bloomberg reports that the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has determined that Corellium’s CORSEC simulator is protected by the “fair use doctrine” of copyright law. This doctrine ensures that copyrighted works can be replicated in some situations.

This is all part of an ongoing legal brouhaha. In August 2019, Apple sued Corellium, a virtualization software company, with a copyright infringement suit ripping into the developer’s “illegal replication” of “everything” that makes up Apple’s copyrighted operating system and applications.

In the Apple lawsuit, the tech giant said Corellium’s business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications. Apple said the product Corellium offers is a “virtual” version of Apple mobile hardware products that’s accessible to anyone with a web browser. 

Specifically, the tech giant said Corellium “serves up what it touts as a  perfect digital facsimile of a broad range of Apple’s market-leading devices—recreating with fastidious attention to detail not just the way the operating system and applications appear visually to bona fide purchasers, but also the underlying computer code.” What’s more, the tech giant alleged that it does so without Apple’s permission.

Apple lost the lawsuit in 2020. A federal judge in Florida tossed the company’s claims that Corellium had violated copyright law with its software, which helps security researchers find bugs and security holes on Apple’s products. The software gives its customers the ability to run “virtual” iPhones on desktop computers.

However, Apple appealed the loss. Now it’s lost the appeal.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.