internetnews.com: Exposed Sender ID Patents Up Debate
Sep 20, 2004, 17:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wagner)
"Now that Microsoft's two patent efforts regarding e-mail
authentication are publicly available, anti-spam advocates are
raising even more questions about how the patents might impact an
industry-wide anti-spam protocol effort called Sender ID.
"John Levine, chairman of the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG), a
parallel group of the Internet Engineering Task Force, said one of
the patent applications is so broad in scope that it would cover
most of the anti-spam technology in use today.
"'It basically says [if] you get a message, if you look up the
sending domain's policy and you do something with it [then it's
covered in the patent] and that's really broad,' he said.