WOM just sent me this...and if you have an HP printer, please take note: "Hewlett-Packard is installing software in its printers that will prevent the machine from printing if it detects anything but an HP brand cartridge, rejecting even refilled HP cartridges." (Link above).
Cory Doctorow (EFF) is leading the fight against this move by HP Doctorow fired off a letter Monday to HP to express his opposition:
“Like many others, we are alarmed by reports that HP has activated a dormant feature in Officejet Pro printers (and possibly other models), so that the printers now automatically verify whether its ink cartridges are official HP ink and not competitors’ products or even refilled HP cartridges. If these printers detect third-party ink, printing stops. This activation was disguised as a security update.
So now, with a special chip they added to their cartridges and an update to their printers, they've effectively intalled DRM on "your" printer (actually, they're telling you it's THEIR printer).
So, Office Jet (and possibly other model HP printers) owners take note of this. Also, join the fight against this crass move. After all, is it your printer, bought and paid for, or is it theirs?