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In a significant development, Apple and Corellium have settled their long-standing copyright dispute regarding the replication of iOS. This multi-year legal battle, initiated by Apple in 2019, accused Corellium of copyright infringement due to its creation of virtual iOS versions for security research purposes, as reported by Forbes.
Apple’s lawsuit contended that Corellium’s technology, allowing the creation of virtual iPhones for security research and development, violated Apple’s copyrights by replicating iOS. The core of Apple’s allegations was that Corellium’s software not only imitated iOS but also presented itself as an alternative to Apple’s security research products.
Corellium defended its actions by invoking the fair use doctrine, asserting that its replication of iOS was exclusively for security research purposes and brought about a substantial transformative impact. In 2021, Apple initially decided to drop its claims against Corellium. However, it later filed an appeal challenging a prior ruling that favored Corellium’s fair use argument.
This week, the court revealed that both Apple and Corellium have reached a confidential settlement, putting an end to the prolonged legal dispute. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed, marking the conclusion of a contentious chapter between the tech giant and the company known for its virtual iOS creations.
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