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More Patent Battles Coming In The Anti-Spam World

from the recognizing-a-pattern dept

An anti-spam company has purchased an early anti-spam patent, which they now hope to use to collect a bit of cash from plenty of other anti-spam firms. The concept seems ridiculously obvious: monitor email, note emails that appear to be the same, create a signature for that email and use it to pick out other messages that match that signature. Why this should be patentable in the first place is unclear. In the meantime, it's just going to make it more difficult and more expensive to use this obvious technique to stop spam.

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