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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.

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