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August 29, 2014 AT 9:56 am

Coffee DRM fight @Keurig …

Keurig’s Coffee DRM Already Cracked By Competitors; Will There Be A Lawsuit? @ Techdirt.

Earlier this year, we wrote about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of the infamous Keurig single cup coffee makers, and its plan to DRM its next generation coffee pods. The original pods were going off patent, and competition was rising. So, of course, the solution is to come up with something new… and lock it down to make it less useful for consumers. When that story went viral, Team Keurig tried to spin the story, claiming the DRM would provide “interactive-enabled benefits” and would improve users’ safety. Of course, when the system finally started showing up a couple months ago, people quickly realized it had nothing to do with safety, and the “interactive-enabled benefits” seemed to consist mainly of being able to recognize a carafe-sized pod from a single cup-sized pod. Oh yeah, and to block out competing pods so that Keurig pods can be priced artificially high. Interactive! Enabled! Benefits!


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