Copyright Office Rules in Lexmark-SCC Dispute

Law360, New York (October 29, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The United States Copyright Office issued a ruling in Static Control Components' legal battle against Lexmark International, which SCC claimed validates its stance.

Lexmark sued SCC in December 2002, alleging that its so-called smart chip violates copyright laws because the chip allows companies to remanufacture toner cartridges to work in Lexmark printers.

Lexmark printers are integrated with a chip that prevents cartridges from being reused unless the cartridge is refilled by Lexmark. Corporate clients receive a discount for sending the used cartridge back to Lexmark so...
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