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Apple Files Appeal in Copyright Case Against Virtual iOS Company Corellium

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Days after Apple and Corellium reached a settlement, the Cupertino company has filed an appeal in the copyright case it lost against the firm.

According to a new Reuters report, Apple on Tuesday appealed a copyright case it previously lost against Corellium’s virtual iOS devices. It was last year rejected by a federal judge, who said Corellium had a valid case of “fair use.”

The move is surprising, not just because Apple recently settled other claims against Corellium, but also because Apple SVP Craig Federighi recently spoke out in support of the research that holds Apple accountable.

“Enough is enough,” said Corellium CEO Amanda Gordon, who pointed out that “Apple can’t pretend to hold itself accountable to the security research community while simultaneously trying to make that research fight illegal.”

The appeal comes just a day after Corellium announced a new initiative that will support independent verification of the security and privacy claims made by Apple and other mobile device manufacturers.

Corellium offers virtual iOS devices that run in a web browser. They allow independent researchers to carry out testing on Apple’s latest software releases in a safer, simpler, more affordable way than using real hardware.

The virtual devices are “jailbroken,” but they don’t rely on traditional jailbreak methods, which can take a long time to roll out to the public. They have helped uncover flaws in iPhone firmware, which are then reported to Apple.

Security experts consider Corellium’s virtualization platform — the only one of its kind — to be imperative to the research community. But it seems Apple feels differently, and it’s still fighting for a shutdown.

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