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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

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Corellium, a security research firm sued by Apple, has won a major legal victory against the iPhone maker.

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Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law in finding bugs and security holes on Apple products.

Corellium lets customers run "virtual" iPhones on desktop computers, making physical iPhones with specialized software unnecessary to test iOS security.

Judge Rodney Smith determined the virtual iPhones were not a copyright violation, partly because they were designed to help enhance security for all iPhone users, and did not constitute a competing product for consumers.

Corellium's co-counsel David L. Hecht said, "The court affirmed the strong balance that fair use provides against the reach of copyright protection into other markets, which is a huge win for the security research industry in particular."

Blackstone Law Group's Alexander Urbelis added that the decision "makes it possible for cybersecurity researchers to virtualize and test distinct components of third-party software for security vulnerabilities."

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