Microsoft Would Rather Let Sender-ID Die Than License it Properly

by Steve Mallett

Microsoft, showing its true colors (they are a convicted monopolist afterall), has implied that they'd rather see Sender-ID, a protocol for ending spam, die on the vine than permit it to be used by open source project, most of whom built and continue to run the internet.

"(Eric) Allman also isn't optimistic about Microsoft making Sender ID open-source friendly. 'It's pretty clear that it's going to take an act of whatever deity Microsoft worships in order to get them to back down on the sublicensing issue. They made it absolutely clear to us that they were not even going to consider changing this, and the legal folks made it further clear that they would rather see Sender ID die than back down.'"

It's bad enough that so many Microsoft machines are the very bane of existance on the internet with viruses and spam, but given the chance to help make amends for their own incompetence and disregard for anyone they balk at the chance.

Leopard. Spots.

5 Comments

Dunx
2004-08-26 14:55:23
Wrong Cat?
s/Tiger/Leopard/, surely?
spaceman
2004-08-26 14:58:26
Wrong Cat?
Oh, quite right! I must visit the jungle more. *^(
jimphelps
2004-08-30 09:17:25
Your URL to the Allman quote is broken
I would like to read Eric's comments.


- jim

netwizard
2004-08-31 09:15:18
Links
The original article is here:
http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0,1761,a=134028,00.asp


There is also a comment from Eben Moglen, general counsel of FSF, and Larry Rosen, general counsel of OSI, as to why this specific patent license is not compatible with the GPL and open source licenses:
http://www.imc.org/ietf-mxcomp/mail-archive/msg03678.html


There is also a good piece by Larry Seltzer on this:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1639556,00.asp


And of course a SlashDot reference:
http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/04/08/24/2033217.shtml


The exact quote from Eric Allman is:
It's pretty clear that it's going to take an act of whatever deity Microsoft worships in order to get them to back down on the sublicensing issue. They made it absolutely clear to us that they were not even going to consider changing this, and the legal folks made it further clear that they would rather see Sender ID die than back down.

jimphelps
2004-08-31 09:34:16
Links
Thanks for the links. I'll be facilitating a discussion of SenderID at the Fall Internet2 Member Meeting so I'm looking for references and discussions around the issues.


- Jim Phelps