Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Corelium had no immediate comment.
Apple initially attempted to acquire Corellium in 2018, according to court records. When the takeover talks stalled, Apple filed a lawsuit against Corellium last year, alleging that its virtual iPhones, which contain only the basic functions needed for security research, are in violation of copyright law. Apple also claimed that Corellium circumvented Apple’s security measures in order to create the software, thus violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This claim has not been ignored.
Apple’s lawsuit against Corellium threatened to overwhelm the fledgling company. Corellium’s legal resources were limited due to its relatively small budget.
In the lawsuit, Apple argued that Corellium products could be dangerous if they fell into the wrong hands, because the security flaws discovered by Corellium could be used to hack iPhones. Apple has argued that Corellium sells its products without discrimination, a claim that Corellium has denied. Judge Rodney Smith described Apple’s argument regarding the allegations as “bewildering, if not disingenuous.” Judge Smith found that Corellium used an inspection process before selling its products to customers.
Judge Smith wrote an order issued Tuesday: “Given all necessary factors, the court found that Corelium had fulfilled the burden of creating fair use.” Thus, its use of iOS in connection with the Corellium product is permitted.
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