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posted by LaminatorX on Monday February 02 2015, @07:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the cafe-libre dept.

Well, that didn't take long!

Last year, after Coke took 10% stake in the company, Keurig started shipping a new version of their instant coffee machines. The primary 'improvement' was the addition of DRM designed to exclude any coffee not approved by Keurig. It is a scheme very much like the ink cartridge DRM of IBM/Lexmark.

One coffee maker has decided to crack that Keurig's DRM and are now shipping a device you insert into the maker that lets you spoof it into thinking any coffee is 'authorized.' They are capitalizing on their new Freedom Clip by giving it away along with free samples of their coffee.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by davester666 on Monday February 02 2015, @07:18AM

    by davester666 (155) on Monday February 02 2015, @07:18AM (#140236)

    That special ink is copyright'ed and patented up the wazzoo. Nobody but Keurig is permitted to even look at that ink sideways, and this company is just handing out swatches of it like Chicklets(tm).

    Keurig is going to own them lock stock & barrel.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by frojack on Monday February 02 2015, @07:36AM

    by frojack (1554) on Monday February 02 2015, @07:36AM (#140238) Journal

    You are assuming they used the same ink.
    All they needed was an ink that acted close enough to the official ink to fool the reader. If they can do that without using the patented ink they are home free. Even better if they use an ink that has already been patented by someone else, because that way they can rely on that patent for protection.

    Still, the lawyers are sharpening their knives.

    They have an uphill battle due to the fact that Lexmark and IBM lost their DMCA case.

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    • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Monday February 02 2015, @07:40AM

      by davester666 (155) on Monday February 02 2015, @07:40AM (#140239)

      whoosh

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @08:10AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 02 2015, @08:10AM (#140241)

        Not his fault that you poe'd all over it. [wikipedia.org]