The married couple’s startup Corellium was embroiled in a lawsuit last year with tech giant Apple. The startup developed a solution that allowed “virtual iPhones” to run on desktops, which led to claims from the Cupertino-based company. Apple previously stated that running “virtual iPhones” on computers would be disastrous in terms of security.
In its lawsuit against the startup, Apple claimed that Corellium illegally copied operating systems and applications that run on both iPad and iPhone. Corellium has software that makes digital copies of iOS, iTunes, and user interface elements available on a web platform or custom platform created by Corellium. Since the software is designed to create an exact copy of iOS, Apple argued that the iPhone would be vulnerable from a security standpoint.
Corellium later accused Apple of using the lawsuit to restrict jailbreak capabilities. The startup also said its software helped Apple by making it easier for security researchers to find bugs.
However, florida-based Justice Smith did not share Apple’s concerns and ruled that the startup’s business practices met the fair use terms. He delivered the following verdict:
“Having weighed all the necessary factors, the Court considers that Corellium has met its fair use burden. Therefore, the use of iOS in connection with the Corellium Product is permissible. “
Apple has yet to comment on the judge’s decision. The company is likely to want to appeal. Corellium is expected to resume operations following this decision.
We add, Apple tried to acquire Corellium in 2018, but negotiations reached an impasse. Shortly thereafter, Apple sued the company, claiming that its virtual iPhones were copyright infringement. The tech giant also mentioned that Corellium managed to bypass Apple’s security measures that prevent people from copying its software. Apple also said that as a result of its activities, the startup violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which has not yet been repealed.
A source: wccftech