EFF: The Worst Timeline: A Printer Company Is Putting DRM in Paper Now. “Dymo’s latest generation of desktop label printers use RFID chips to authenticate the labels that Dymo’s customers put in their printers. This lets Dymo’s products distinguish between Dymo’s official labels and third-party consumables. That way, the printers can force their owners to conduct themselves in the ways that serve the interests of Dymo’s corporate owners – even when that is to the owners’ own detriment.”
Wine Searcher: Australia Goes to War on Wine Fakes. “…the system called ELISS (Export Label Image Search System) is a step in the right direction, and it’s possible because Australia has a level of government control over exports that not every country has. The idea is to create a database of legitimate brand labels. Whenever you see an Australian wine in a store, you can use that database to check if it really was legally exported.”
Florida Memory has launched a new collection of citrus fruit crate labels. From the collection page: “Most of the labels in this collection advertise citrus fruits, but corn, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, avocados and other fruits and vegetables are also represented. The labels range in size from the standard 9-inch square label that was placed at the indented end of a wooden shipping crate, to the 6-inch square and 3-by-9-inch labels that were used for half boxes and gift boxes.” There are over 600 labels in the collection. If you’re interested in advertising / graphic design, take a glance.