Apple Files Lawsuit Against Virtualization Company Corellium for Illegally Replicating iOS and Apple Apps

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 15, 2019 at 3:36 PM.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today filed a lawsuit against Corellium, a mobile device virtualization company that supports iOS. Corellium describes itself as the "first and only platform" that offers iOS, Android, and Linux virtualization on ARM.

    In the lawsuit, filed today in the Southern District of Florida, Apple accuses Corellium of copyright infringement for illegally replicating the operating system and applications that run on the iPhone and the iPad.

    A virtual iPhone on Corellium's website used as evidence in Apple's lawsuit against the company​
    According to Apple, Corellium's iOS virtualization product infringes on Apple's copyrights. "Corellium has simply copied everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons -- all of it, in exacting detail," reads the lawsuit.

    Corellium's product creates digital replicas of iOS, iTunes, and user interface elements available on a web-based platform or a custom platform built by Corellium. It is designed to create virtual iOS devices for the purpose of running iOS, and at the recent Black Hat USA conference, Corellium emphasized that its "Apple product" is an exact copy of iOS, able to allow researchers and hackers to find and test vulnerabilities.

    Apple goes on to say that though Corellium poses its product as a research tool for those aiming to discover security vulnerabilities, the company's actual goal is "profiting off its blatant infringement" by encouraging users to sell discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder.

    Apple says it does not want to encumber "good-faith security research" but instead is aiming to end Corellium's "unlawful commercialization of Apple's valuable copyrighted works."
    Apple is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Corellium from continuing to offer a product that replicates iOS. Apple also wants Corellium to destroy all infringing materials that it's collected, and pay Apple damages, lost profits, and attorney fees.

    Article Link: Apple Files Lawsuit Against Virtualization Company Corellium for Illegally Replicating iOS and Apple Apps
  2. iBluetooth macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2016
  3. dennyc69, Aug 15, 2019 at 3:45 PM
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    dennyc69 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    New Albany, Indiana
    Apple has a good case against them, I suspect Corellium won't have much of a chance defending themselves. You can't recreate someone's intellectual property without asking, especially code that is owned by Apple.
  4. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
  5. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
  6. benthere16 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2010
    So what are they doing here? Did they decompile / recompile iOS with changes so it'll run on standard ARM procs?
  7. Saipher macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2014
    Sounds like Apple should just buy them and use the virtual iOS as a tool for developers and researchers looking for exploits, better than handing out locked down devices to everyone.
  8. GCHASE1995 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2015
    Honestly. They should lay the groundwork and the user provides the firmware. Just like an emulator
  9. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    You mean respecting Apples intellectual property. I did sense the sarcasm in your post, I hope. :D
  10. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    That... that right there is a product with a giant "Kick Me" sign on it. How did they not think Apple was going to sue them into oblivion?
  11. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yep, it’s the standard and ubiquitous software licence agreement concerning anything digital. No way in heck Corellium can stand up in court. Game over.
  12. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
    I suspect Corellium didn't copy one line of code and wrote it themselves from scratch. The only thing copied were icons and graphics.
  13. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I hate to be that “read the article” guy, but dude... read the article.

  14. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Apple's claims of infringement sound legitimate, but this phrase seems over the top to me:

    Corellium makes no effort whatsoever to confine use of its product to good-faith research and testing of iOS.​

    Suppose for a minute that they hadn't violated Apple's IP and were instead offering this service with a license from Apple. If a product or service like this can be used for both proper and improper or illegal purposes, must the company make efforts to "confine the use" to proper purposes, and be legally liable or subject to lawsuits if they do not?
  15. horsebattery macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    That would entirely refute their claim to allow researchers to discover vulnerabilities in iOS.
  16. wilee macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014

    That is most likely the only purpose of their product - "to be sold"

    But it's no brainer that lawsuit from Apple may have also the only purpose - to lower price ;)
  17. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
  18. mattyj2001 macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2015
    I feel like Apple already has a product with a virtual iOS device on it. I feel like I launch it 100 times a day when debugging Swift code. Maybe it's just me that has it, though.

    Wondering what the utility is for having this on ARM in the first place.
  19. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I see that.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 15, 2019 at 4:33 PM ---
    It's a lawsuit. The party filing doesn't file some fair and balanced accounting of the situation---they file a version of the facts that places them in the best possible light and paints the other guy in the worst possible light. Corellium will file an Answer and probably it's own counter-claim and the language against Apple will be just as slanted.
  20. alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017
    I really wonder if true because it will be greater then apple xcode.. We want if can run native arm emulator.
  21. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    Great artists steal though
  22. anshuvorty macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2010
    California, USA
    You could consider the following question as me being innept, but can't you already virtualize iOS in Xcode? If so, then buying this company is worthless, because they don't add anything of value to Apple.
  23. alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017
    Xcode simulator not emulator
  24. Suttree macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2018
    Poor Apple. You dummies gonna pay up cash to Google for stealing Notification Center from them? Annnnd 99% of all the other things you’ve stolen from Android, you dirty thieves? Year after year after year.
  25. dragoon2745 macrumors newbie


    Jul 12, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    Does Apple win money from this or do they only get to shut them down?

Share This Page

107 August 15, 2019