Sp, hate to say it but that is against US Federal Law. A manufacturer cannot require the use of branded parts for warrant unless they offer those parts for free. They can recommend all day long but not require.
I also would not call Napa/WIX/FRAM filters "cheap" by any means. These brands are the top rated filters money can buy and I would even guess are higher quality than OEM filters. I would bet that no manufacturer actually makes their own filters anyway, most are probably made by a "known" filter company.
I do agree on the oil grade though. I do use the Marine/Diesel 15W40 and it does carry an approved rating that Merc. calls for.
I do know 1/4 qt over will not harm anything, just drives me crazy when it is not right on the full line
So I always fill to full and put the 1/4 qt in the shed only to eventually toss it at the end of the year during the oil change.
FYI -- The warranty law is called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and has been around since the 70's.