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Apple Cracks Down on Jailbreaking, Sues Corellium For ‘Copyright Infringement’

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Apple will continue with a lawsuit against Corellium, in what experts describe as a stand to end jailbreaking.


The lawsuit began in August 2019 and claims the firm profits from “perfect replicas” of iOS. Apple has, however, amended the lawsuit, alleging copyright infringement.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on-stage during a product launch event     Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP


Jailbreaking is a process by which an Operating System undergoes modification to remove restrictions. It also gives greater control to the users.


It allows users to install apps that do not have the approval of the original creators, in this case: Apple. Therefore, giving users the option to customise the interface in a variety of ways.


Corellium specialises in replicating the iOS software. It says that this allows security researchers to discover bugs within the platform.


Apple, however, is accusing the firm of encouraging users to sell any flaws they discover to the open market for the highest price.


Corellium says Apple’s allegations are “deeply disappointing” and misrepresents the goals of the jailbreaking community.

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Apple in a statement said:


“Corellium’s conduct plainly infringes Apple’s copyrights,


“It simply copies everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons – all of it, in exacting detail.


“This is not a case in which it is questionable or unclear whether the defendant reproduced the rights-owner’s works, or more subtly, whether particular portions of the works that the defendant took are ultimately protected by federal copyright law.”

Corellium claims Apple benefits from jailbreaking

Corellium’s chief executive, Amanda Gorton, criticised Apple’s targeting of the jailbreaking community, suggesting the tech giants refuses to acknowledge that it has directly benefited from users of its platform in the past.


“Apple is asserting that anyone who provides a tool that allows other people to jailbreak, and anyone who assists in creating such a tool, is violating the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act),”  Ms. Gorton also said.


She added:


“They have directly benefited from the jailbreak community in a number of ways. Many of the features of iOS originally were jailbreak tweaks and were copied by Apple.”


Apple will also be making a return to the Las Vegas CES technology conference next month for the first time in decades.


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