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Lexmark cartridges feature one-use warning

Lexmark cartridges feature one-use warning

May 20, 2014

Packaging for Lexmark toner cartridges sold in Europe appears to feature updated licensing terms that prohibit multiple uses of the cartridge under “patent restriction[s]”.

A photocopy of the Lexmark packaging, containing the English, French and Italian versions

A photocopy of the Lexmark packaging, containing the English, French and Italian versions

The Recycler has received a scan of a Lexmark toner cartridge box, which features “updated license terms” stating customers should “please read before opening”. The language in the terms seems to suggest that the cartridge should be used “only once” before returning it to Lexmark “for remanufacturing and/or recycling”, and that not doing this would invalidate the “license”.

The message, featured in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, starts by stating that “opening this package or using the patented cartridge inside confirms your acceptance of the following license agreement”, adding that “if you don’t accept these terms, return the unopened package to your point of purchase”.

The terms continue by noting that the “patented” toner cartridge is “sold at a special price subject to a patent restriction that it may be used only once”, and that “following the initial use, you agree to return it only to Lexmark for remanufacturing and/or recycling”. Adding that the cartridge is “designed to stop working after delivering a fixed amount of toner”, the terms state that “a variable amount of toner will remain in it when replacement is required”.

Additionally, the terms state that the cartridge is “designed to automatically update the memory in your printer to protect against the introduction of counterfeit and/or unauthorised third-party cartridges”, and that “by installing the enclosed cartridge, you authorise Lexmark to make these changes”.

What do you think of these new license terms? Comment below or contact us at news@therecycler.com.

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