The big printer companies really do seem to go out of their way to use intellectual property law to prevent any real competition for the ink they sell. How else can they make sure that their ink costs more than vintage champagne or high end perfume? Or, to put it in more graphic terms, apparently an Olympic-sized pool filled with printer ink would cost more than $5.9 billion at market prices today. So, yeah, it's no wonder that the printer companies (who subsidize the printers, and try to make it up in the ink) are doing whatever possible to lock out anyone else who might compete. In the past, Lexmark tried very hard, but was eventually denied when it tried to use the DMCA to stop competitors. However, the other printer makers have apparently learned from that mess. Instead of using the DMCA, they're using patents. HP went after ink refillers last year and now Epson is going after 24 aftermarket ink resellers, claiming patent violations.
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