A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Apple’s copyright infringement suit against cybersecurity startup Corellium in a case that could impact researchers who find software bugs and vulnerabilities.
Judge Rodney Smith said Apple had failed to provide a legal basis to protect its entire iOS operating system from security researchers.
Apple sued the Florida-based startup in 2019, claiming that “virtualizing” iOS software was copyright infringement.
However, the judge ruled that Corellium’s work to find vulnerabilities in the software was a “fair use” of copyrighted material.
“Since the dawn of copyright protection, the courts have recognized that a way to use copyrighted material fairly is needed to serve the purpose of copyright law, advance the advancement of science, and …