Chip shortages are forcing Canon to release workarounds for its own obnoxious DRM

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For decades consumers have been lured into a bad deal: pay for a relatively cheap printer and then spend a lifetime paying an arm and a leg for maliciously overpriced ink cartridges. As most have learned firsthand, any attempt to disrupt this disgusting paradigm about third-party ink cartridges has been met with a quick DRM roundhouse kick to the solar plexus. In fact, if there’s one area where the printer industry truly innovates, it’s most often when it finds new, creative, and obnoxious ways to avoid cartridge competition.

Unfortunately for Canon, the global chip shortage has temporarily derailed the company’s plan to anger regular customers. The shortage means the company was unable to purchase enough chips to determine if a printer cartridge was “genuine” or “authorized,” so had to start selling DRM-free cartridges and issue guides that did Helping users put an end to the company’s own disgusting DRM warnings:

The companys various International Web pages warn users that even “official” Canon ink cartridges in a number of printer product lines (19 devices in total) could be considered “fake” as they can no longer embed the chips required for DRM:

“The role of the chip in the toner cartridges is to transmit information, including toner levels, and to confirm that the toner is genuine Canon product.”


Canon was sued for disabling it just last October Everyone the functions in their multifunction printers when the device’s cartridges run out of ink (and failing to adequately communicate this to consumers). Basically, Canon did the math and realized that they would increase their profit margins if they forced millions of customers to buy new cartridges – even if they only used the device for scanning. That this could annoy, annoy or infuriate customers or anger the public towards the brand never seemed to occur to the company.

Of course, none of this would be a problem if the company hadn’t introduced pesky, artificial restrictions to hamper competition and drive up costs in the first place, but it’s obviously unlikely Canon will learn much from the experience.

Filed under: anti-circumvention, chip shortage, copyright, dmca 1201, drm, printer

Company: Canon

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