Trouble for Microsoft SenderID

The Apache Group and Debian developers have marshaled the anti-Microsoft forces and convinced the IETF to scuttle the proposed SenderID standard. They do this claiming that it is anathema to have a “standard” be encumbered by patent. Somehow I think that this would not have been this first time that a standard would have surrounding patents. Further I would postulate that if this were not Microsoft that narry a word would have been said about it.
The Register article on this has a link to a discussion list archive.
It will be interesting to see what the next step is. Some see SPF separating itself from Microsoft and being implemented as a standard while Microsoft SenderID is available to the MS customerbase.
Not sure why the Slashdot and Register articles are so celebratory. A potential weapon in the war on spam was just handed a defeat. I guess some people will hate anything coming out of Redmond.
Looks like we’ll all be implementing Yahoo! Domain! Keys! soon. ๐Ÿ™