Tech giant Apple just received some bad news. A federal judge has dropped the hammer and delivered a major defeat. No one saw this coming.
According to Breitbart News, “Apple has suffered a loss in its recent lawsuit against a security start-up that offered ‘virtual’ iPhones to researchers for testing purposes.” Judge Rodney Smith called Apple’s copyright claims “disingenuous.”
In short, the company Correlium offered its researchers “access to ‘virtual’ iPhones that could be used to find bugs in iOS products,” and Apple soon brought a lawsuit disputing Correlium’s use of Apple’s operating system.
But Judge Smith determined that Correlium “has met its burden of establishing fair use” and therefore Apple’s claim could not be upheld. It will be interesting to see where Apple goes from here.
Will the company appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or just allow this decision to stand? Either way, this case underscores the fascinating and unpredictable area of tech law as technology continues to improve at an alarming rate.
Questions about copyright, fair use, user rights, and others will continue to persist and courts will have a balancing act in each situation. One thing’s for sure, however: Big tech should not be allowed to run our lives.
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