Your Warranty is Safe!
The manufacturer of the printer you are using cannot void the warranty on
your printer because you use a cartridge or refill kit manufactured by
someone other than the printer manufacturer. This prohibition includes the
use of compatible cartridges, and remanufactured cartridges.
Warranty Improvement Act
United States Code Annotated
Title 15 Commerce and Trade
Chapter 50 Consumer Product
Warranties 15 Section 2302
(c) No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied
warranty of such product on the consumer's using, in connection with such
product, any article or service (other than article or service provided
without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by
brand, trade or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this
subsection may be waived by the commission if:
The warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted
function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in
connection with the warranted product, and
The Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public
Do not be intimidated if they should try to charge extra because you are
not using the O.E.M. ink or toner. This is illegal for another reason and
this is referred to as product linking.
IBM vs. The United States
The Supreme Court held that IBM could
not threaten customers with termination of their data processing equipment
leases just because they did not use supplies manufactured by IBM. Such
practice constituted a "tying agreement" and was found to be in violation
of the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Law.