Thursday, May 11, 2023

Corellium Wins iOS Simulator Copyright Case

Isaiah Poritz (via Corellium, Hacker News):

Apple Inc. failed to fully revive a long-running copyright lawsuit against cybersecurity firm Corellium Inc. over its software that simulates the iPhone’s iOS operating systems, letting security researchers identify flaws in the software.

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday ruled that Corellium’s CORSEC simulator is protected by copyright law’s fair use doctrine, which allows the duplication of copyrighted work under certain circumstances.


Apple argued that Corellium’s software was “wholesale copying and reproduction” of iOS and served as a market substitute for its own security research products.

Corellium countered that its copying of Apple’s computer code and app icons was only for the purposes of security research and was sufficiently “transformative” under the fair use standard.


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I guess Miguel De Icaza and Rene Ritchie need to read the tea leaves better because they really got this one wrong. I'm glad the ruling was upheld once again.

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