There are reports that Keurig is planning to introduce a drm scheme to it’s coffee pod system*. I know other companies (in almost every industry) in the past have used various mechanisms (proprietary connections, etc.) to lock customers into that companies products.
So, what did the courts say last time one of these companies was charged with ‘anti-competitive practices’?
Or has there ever been a legal case like this where a previously unlocked product was updated with a system that blocked unlicensed products?
And please, let’s not get sidetracked into a debate about the probable outcome of Keurig and this practice. Ars already has a 150+ comment thread going about the issue.
- If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s those coffee machines that make 1-2 cups at a time using disposable pods that contain a premeasured amount of coffee and a filter. The idea being that you just peel of the seal and insert it in the machine, and a few minutes later you’ve got a cup of freshly-brewed coffee.