Apple has hauled Corellium LLC, a Florida based company for infringement by illegal replication and circulating virtual version of its iOS operating system and Apple Apps for iPhone and iPad among researchers and hackers, as per Bloomberg.
In a case filed at West Palm Beach Court, Southern District of Florida on August 15, 2019, Apple accused this mobile virtualization company of copying its operating systems, graphical user interface and other aspects of the devices illegally and sought legal recourse via infringement lawsuit.
Apple Accuses Corellium LLC of Perfect Replicas of its Devices & Profiteering
In the lawsuit, Apple claimed, “For a million dollars a year, Corellium will even deliver a ‘private’ installation of its product to any buyer. There is no basis for Corellium to be selling a product that allows the creation of avowedly perfect replicas of Apple’s devices to anyone willing to pay.”
It notes, “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’s ‘bad acts’ include paid sales and distribution of illegal Apple-owned copyrights of iOS, iTunes, and the GUI Elements, including versions of graphic icons and preinstalled background wallpaper images to researchers and hackers.
Corellium earns earn millions through sales of this illegally circulated software, says Apple in the suit.
Apple Pays Hackers Millions to Correct its Software Bugs & Flaws To Perfect its OS
Alongside, Apple pays millions to hackers and researchers inviting them to test its new operating system software (Beta versions for OS). It allows them to detect operating system bugs and other flaws that will make them foolproof against vulnerabilities.
Corellium, may not be able to duck the lawsuit easily and will need to answer lots of questions, as Apple’s battery of Attorneys may set up a very strong case.
As the case moves on ‘highly valuable copyrighted works’, Apple’s September launch of new iPhones, other products and services may find it a bit of distraction.