Canon has fallen victim to a global chip shortage. The company is forced to sell DRM-free ink cartridges (an abbreviation for the English expression “digital rights management” – “technical means of copyright protection”) and even issued instructions for its customers on how to bypass protection. Writes about this Gismodo.

Canon’s story is eloquent as to how the chip crisis could turn out for copyright advocates like the company. Throughout history, the printer manufacturer has tried to protect its products and warn customers against buying counterfeit products. Now that’s exactly what Canon is doing.

The company’s main problem is getting chips attached to ink cartridges that validate their legitimacy for printers. As a result, the company has to explain to customers how to bypass their own DRM.

At the moment, the problem only exists in Canon Germany, who have already posted a public statement on their website (which was also emailed to some customers). It explains that due to the lack of chips, even official Canon inks can be considered counterfeit. As part of the announcement, the company also released instructions on how to bypass its own digital rights management (DRM). It is also noted that this problem may apply not only to Canon Germany, but also to other divisions of Canon Europe.

According to Petapixel, the absurdity of DRM has led Canon, which has recently been sued for disabling the scanning functions of its printers when ink cartridges are empty, is forced to educate customers on how to get around the methods it uses to intimidate customers.