3 Count: Bitten Apple

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1: Apple Loses Bid to Revive US Copyright Claims Over iOS Simulation

First off today, Blake Brittain at Reuters reports that Apple has lost an appeal in its case against Corellium Inc., which Apple accused of making unlawful copies of their iOS operating system.

Corellium is a security firm that creates software that allows users to run iOS on non-Apple devices. This is a major help when it comes to performing security research on iOS and finding vulnerabilities in the operating system.

Apple originally tried to buy Corellium for $23 million but was rebuffed. They then filed the lawsuit alleging that Corellium’s use of iOS was a copyright infringement, though Corellium argued that it was protected under fair use. The district court sided with Corellium and dismissed the case. Apple appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which has now upheld that decision.

2: Bungie Wins $6.7 Million in Damages From LaviCheats

Next up today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that video game developer Bungie has been awarded some $6.7 million in their case against Indian company LaviCheats after the defendant failed to show up in court.

Bungie filed the lawsuit in 2021 and targeted three separate companies that produce video game cheats, including LaviCheats. The other two cases filed at the same time have already concluded, with one resulting in an agreement and the other a default judgement.

To that end, a default judgement is what happened here as well. Though LaviCheats removed cheats connected to Bungie games, it did not appear in court, forcing the judge to issue a default judgement. The $6.7 million awarded includes damages for both copyright and trademark violations.

3: Nintendo Seemingly Goes After Switch Emulation Following Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Leak

Finally today, Ethan Gach at Kotaku reports that Nintendo has filed a series of copyright takedowns pertaining both to leaks of their upcoming game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and software that makes it easier to play Nintendo Switch games on PCs.

The game is slated to be released May 12, but copies of it began to appear on pirate sites and elsewhere online. This prompted a strong response from Nintendo, which began filing takedown notices for content related to the leak.

However, the takedowns have also extended to emulation software that enables users to play Switch games on PCs. This included a popular tool named Lockpick, which lets users dump their own Switch keys.

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