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    Toner copyright patents

    Hello everyone. I can't seem to find info about copyright laws regarding toners. My question is : is it copywright infringement if you use original toner boxes or original toner recipients? Like buying original toners from 3'rd party and selling them as high quality compatibles. Or unboxing them and selling them in another packaging, which not belongs to OEM. In none of the cases above , the toners are sold as compatibles and not as originals. Is it legal? Or buying used original toners, refilling them and selling them. I read an article about lexmark vs some company regarding this issue and it was said that copyright does not extend beyond the buyer. So after you buy the oem cartridge you kinda can do anything with it. It is yours and only yours. Can someone provide insight about this? Thank you

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    Re: Toner copyright patents

    The whole thing just sounds like simple fraud to me.
    Started in the copier service business in the fall of 1988 and have worked at the same company since then, now the senior tech, since 2000.

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    Re: Toner copyright patents

    Quote Originally Posted by srvctec View Post
    The whole thing just sounds like simple fraud to me.
    From wich point of view? If you are the customer, you are getting a recycled oem toner, basically at a price of a high quality compatible one.

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    Re: Toner copyright patents

    Quote Originally Posted by savi0r View Post
    From wich point of view? If you are the customer, you are getting a recycled oem toner, basically at a price of a high quality compatible one.
    Ok hold on there. What do you mean recycled toner?
    Whatever

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    Re: Toner copyright patents

    In Europe it would not be allowed. This would be identified as a forgery. it's like selling a fake Louis Vuitton bag for $15
    Yes, the quality of the materials may seem the same but in reality it is not.

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