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Epson gives away its intellectual property (patented printers) for next to nothing in the expectation that they'll make up for it with ink (not their intellectual property) sales. Their intellectual property is patents. If you're not infringing the patent, you aren't stealing their intellectual property. Epson chose their own marketing strategy. Further, one purpose of granting patents is disclosure of how something is done, in the interest of spurring further innovation. Epson should probably try to switch to some sort of licensing arrangement where users pay Epson a certain price per print. Bruce Roorda Possum Hill Farm ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Wingo" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 16:39 Subject: Re: Pirates and Counterfeiters of Epson Ink Cartridges > If anyone thinks those who copy Epson's work deserves equal credit, I, for > one, feel they are seriously misguided. If you think any of them have > invested the time, talent, and money that Epson has, think again. If they > are capable of creating products equal to those of Epson on their own, let > them do it. Why should Epson give away their intellectual property for > nothing? > > Jim Wingo > > *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** > > On 3/1/2002 at 1:57 PM Jacques Bellemare wrote: > > >I wonder whose the most unfair Epson or the > >pirates ????????????? > > > >---------- > >>From: "Cliff Jones" > ><email@example.com> > >>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >>Subject: Pirates and Counterfeiters of Epson Ink > >Cartridges > >>Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2002, 11:04 > >> > > > >> I was in a PC World store (UK) this morning where an > >> Epson UK salesman was > >> talking to a prospective customer for an Epson inkjet > >> printer. Overhearing > >> the talk from the salesman he said that the quality of > >> output from the 810, > >> 890 and 895 was the same (true) but that even though the > >> cartridges for the > >> 810 were the same size as the 890/895, Epson had had to > >> change the chip on > >> the cartridge for the 810 "in order to defeat the unfair > >> pirates and > >> counterfeiters of Epson cartridges!!!". Interesting > >> phrase!! > >> > >> > >> Cliff > >> > >> > >> - > >> Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. > >> Use accurate > >> subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list > >> instructions. > >- > >Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > >subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > > > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.