Friday, December 15, 2023

Apple and Corellium Settlement

Thomas Brewster (MacRumors):

After four years of court hearings and plenty of controversy, Apple and cyber startup Corellium are settling a copyright lawsuit. Terms have not been disclosed.

The suit was filed in 2019, with Apple claiming that Corellium had illegally replicated iOS by creating software that created virtual versions of iPhones so they could be probed by security researchers and app developers. Apple alleged Corellium had breached the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) too by breaking the law’s “anti-circumvention” provision that makes it “unlawful to circumvent technological measures used to prevent unauthorized access to copyrighted works.”


The case had a number of surprises, with Corellium’s lawyers revealing that Apple had attempted to buy the startup for $23 million in 2018. In an unusual move, the tech giant also subpoenaed defense giant L3Harris so it could demonstrate how it was using Corellium’s technology.

I had thought this was already over.


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I guess everyone has a price. I only hope that the settlement doesn't interrupt Corellium's legitimate business interests. Otherwise it just looks like a (moral) victory for Apple, which I'm sure would be more than happy to shout it from the rooftops if they'd won.

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