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Report: Xerox is now region-coding some DRMed ink cartridges

Isaac-Bowen

German tech pub c't magazin reports that Xerox is now requiring customers not only to use their toner cartridges, but they even have to be from a specific region to work.

Reporter Georg Schnurer tells the story of Mattias, who bought a Xerox WorkCentre 6505DN for his small business only to learn that the device would not accept Xerox toner cartridges that could be bought cheaper in other countries. The device locked in on whatever region it detected on the first cartridge installed. Trying any kind of workaround or installing the "wrong" region-encoded cartridge will brick the device. (via Techdirt)

Image: CC by Isaac Bowen In B4 pedants... That's right, that image is not a Xerox toner cartridge, but it's a lovely CC-BY-SA image that is not DRMed by region.

Well I'll be drmed

Jargon for the XXIth C. [via Sarah Jeong]

Open "Chromecast killer" committed suicide-by-DRM


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Outstanding paper on the impact of ebook DRM on readers, writers, publishers and distributors

In last summer's Unlocking the Gates of Alexandria: DRM, Competition and Access to E-Books , Ana Carolina Bittar of the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School at São Paulo does an outstanding, thorough, and easily understandable job in explaining the ways in which ebook DRM ends up hurting writers, readers and publishers by shifting market power to the ebook vendors like Amazon, Google Play, Apple and B&N.

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Every 3 years you get to beg the government for the right to treat your property as if you owned it


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Copyfighting, jailbreaking legend Ed Felten is the White House's new deputy CTO


He'll serve under the brilliant Megan Smith, the CTO.

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Keurig CEO blames disastrous financials on DRM

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Drug pump is "most insecure" devices ever seen by researcher

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In the 21st century, only corporations get to own property and we're their tenants


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DROKK! 2000AD goes DRM-free


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A bill to fix America's most dangerous computer law

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DRM for woo: "light therapy" mask's LED only works 30 times


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If dishwashers were Iphones


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