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Camera companies still want to sell proprietary chargers
  • Instead this must fully stop.

    All cameras that charge internally must use PD 3.0/ QC 4.0.

    Same is true for battery chargers - it must be standard chargers, they must not have any protections in batteries (or charger). Must have USB-C port with PD 3.0/ QC 4.0.

    All batteries must be standard with 8-10 size options.

    Making your own battery design must come with $250 fee on each sold battery and $500 for proprietary charger sold.

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  • Canon does indeed require a PD AC charger to charge the battery internally on its latest cameras, but PD is a standard so any company can make them. I can charge my Canon with an Anker AC (PD) charger. Canon does make it seem in their manual like you need their official charger, but you do not. Basically Canon adopted an open standard for charging, so there can be competition from which Canon would derive no direct benefits.

  • Canon U.S.A., Inc. and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, are pleased to announce that the companies have won a lawsuit involving the unauthorized and infringing use of the Canon trademarks and the illegal sale of counterfeit “Canon” merchandise against two defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge C. Darnell Jones II entered a Final Consent Judgment on December 12, 2019 prohibiting the defendants from infringing and counterfeiting the valuable Canon trademarks. As part of the resolution, the defendants also paid a significant amount of money to Canon for their unlawful activities.

    The legal action against Joey Fang and Kyung “Kay” Kwak resulted from Canon’s investigation into the defendants’ distribution of counterfeit Canon camera batteries on eBay, and is part of Canon’s ongoing efforts to protect Canon consumers’ health and safety from counterfeit products. The complaint, which was filed on October 16, 2019, alleged that defendants’ unfair competition and misuse of the Canon trademarks to mislead the public as to the source and authenticity of the Canon trademarks could put Canon consumers’ safety at risk and damage Canon’s business and reputation. The Canon companies are represented by Mark Schonfeld of Burns & Levinson LLP of Boston, MA and Teri M. Sherman of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP of Philadelphia, PA.

    Canon aggressively pursues counterfeiters in the United States and around the world to protect its customers from spurious and potentially unsafe products which unlawfully use the Canon name, as well as to protect the value, trusted reputation and loyalty that the Canon brand has acquired over decades in producing high-quality, safe and reliable products.

    Good guys :-) But they do not care about your safety here, they care about profits.

  • I agree here that this lawsuit has nothing to do with protecting consumers, quite the opposite. But, this also has nothing to do with Canon adopting PD requirements for charging. I also agree that Canon would like you to believe you need a Canon charger, but PD chargers are not counterfeiting anything, as PD is an open standard and any PD charger can charge Canon cameras fine, with no danger to anybody. It is not news that Canon, or Nikon, or Sony or Panasonic want to enjoy profits as their main goal, not consumer protection unless that aids profits.

  • And here is Apple

    Apple’s comments came a week after lawmakers at the European Parliament called for a common charger for all mobile phones and amended a draft law to say the ability to work with common chargers would be an essential requirement for radio equipment in the bloc.

    A move to a common charger would affect Apple more than any other companies as its iPhones and most of its products are powered by its Lightning cable, whereas Android devices are powered by USB-C connectors.

    “We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole” Apple said in a statement.

    It is nice word for such things - hutzpah.

    It said regulation was not needed as the industry is already moving to USB-C through a connector or cable assembly. “We hope the (European) Commission will continue to seek a solution that does not restrict the industry’s ability to innovate,” Apple said.

  • European Parliament voted strongly in favour of adopting a common charger. The resolution received massive support of 582-40. The parliament enjoined the European Commission to adopt new rules by July that would eliminate the need for buyers to get a new charger with each new device.

    A research by Sustainably SMART had earlier shown that most of the e-waste is generated by the charging brick, not the cable. They recommended that the inclusion of a charger in the retail packaging for smartphones should be banned or disincentivized. Buyers will then have to use their old chargers instead.