now his paper has DRM so you can’t use another

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There is a common criticism in the printer segment: manufacturers go to great lengths to force you to use official cartridges instead of compatible third-party alternatives. A similar sentence is now extended in the case of the Dymo labelers.

The latest Dymo models have an RFID reader that authenticates the labels that customers place in the printer and then print them. What does that mean? Well, in them we will not be able to use third party papers and labelsusually cheaper.

An “abusive and abysmal” idea

The idea is worrying according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), because raises a DRM for the role which will end up with customers having to use the official Dymo labels, and not others.

in Dymo affirm that the new printers have Automatic Label Recognition technology, and with it it is possible to offer auto-detection features or remaining label counter available.

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The problem is that these Dymo labelers “only work with authentic Dymo labels“. Some online stores that sell these labelers they already warn that they do not work with papers other than official ones.

Those compatible label makers face a serious problem. According to the EFF. under United States law, competitors who distribute tools to bypass “access control” to a copyrighted work They can be fined up to $500,000 and up to five years in prison..

Dymo firmware may be considered a copyrighted work, and the controversy for users and manufacturers of compatible labels it is served.

In the EFF they are clear, and indicate that “Dymo is trying to do something unprecedented. Put DRM on paper it is such an abusive and abysmal idea that we should all back down from her.

Via | EFF

There is a common criticism in the printer segment: manufacturers go to great lengths to force you to use official…

There is a common criticism in the printer segment: manufacturers go to great lengths to force you to use official…

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