Apple sues startup firm Corellium for copying iOS

Apple is suing a company called Corellium which uses iOS, iPhone’s OS without its permission. You might think that the said firm is utilizing Apple iOS in their own machines, but the real answer might surprise you. Corellium has been offering hackers a virtual iPhone experience. Sounds crazy right? So basically what it lets you use an iPhone virtually on your computer, wherein you can easily change the model or the iOS version with a click on the menu tab.

As reported by Bloomberg, the Cupertino giants state that Corellium’s use of its software replica infringes on the company’s copyright of iOS and the like. Keep in mind that the software can’t replace a real iPhone but it manages to copy iOS directly thereby giving Apple grounds for a claim.

The case, Apple Inc. v. Corellium LLC, apart from blocking sales of the Corellium’s Apple-copied product, Apple wants the court to issue an order to force Corellium to notify its customers that they are in violation of Apple’s rights, destruction of any products using Apple copyrights, and cash compensation.

Apple’s counsel argues “The purpose of this lawsuit is not to encumber good-faith security research, but to bring an end to Corellium’s unlawful commercialization of Apple’s valuable copyrighted works.”

The company’s counterfeit Apple experience allows users to use an Apple device virtually and has the ability to copy new versions of iOS as soon as they are made public. It also doesn’t require its users to disclose flaws to Apple.

But Corellium argues that it creates copies of the iOS to help white-hat hackers discover security flaws, which Apple feel that the vulnerable information is sold to people when can then be used to exploit those flaws. The Florida-based company posted on its website that it “respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same.”

Apple said in its complaint, “Although Corellium paints itself as providing a research tool for those trying to discover security vulnerabilities and other flaws in Apple’s software, Corellium’s true goal is profiting off its blatant infringement. Far from assisting in fixing vulnerabilities, Corellium encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder.”

“Corellium is indiscriminately marketing the Corellium Apple Product to any customer, including foreign governments and commercial enterprises. Corellium is not selectively limiting its customers to only those with some socially beneficial purpose,” Apple said.

A summon was then issues to Corellium after Apple filed the complaint. The court has given 21 days after delivery to respond to the suit.


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