yeah sorry innocent but epson sucks that way. i've got a wireless scanner/printer, and i can't scan with it because my ink has expired. so not only can i not print with perfectly fine ink that passed an arbitrary expiration date, i can't scan. i can't use it AT ALL, without buying brand new ink for it. which will not happen.
that makes absolutely no sense and the only possible explanations are
a) a scheme to require more ink, and therefore more money made
b) an oversight while making the software. if it is an oversight, it is not an understandable one.
either way, i am done with epson for good. it's worth it to spend a little more and get a brother or konica or something, stay away from epson/hp/lexmark