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Blackboard offers patent pledge

ire service reports
February 5th, 2007
Facing sharp criticism from academic computing experts, Blackboard Inc.--the market leader in selling learning management system (LMS) applications to schools and universities--on Feb. 1 announced what it calls a legally binding promise that it won't pursue patent lawsuits against users of open-source online courseware technology.

An open-source group said it welcomed the move but noted a key caveat: Blackboard's pledge covers a number of named open-source projects, but technically leaves open the possibility that future open-source initiatives that bundle proprietary software could be vulnerable.

The announcement is the latest development in a case that has been closely followed...

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  • Blackboard offers patent pledge

    From eSchool News staff and wire service reports
    February 5th, 2007

    Facing sharp criticism from academic computing experts, Blackboard Inc.--the market leader in selling learning management system (LMS) applications to schools and universities--on Feb. 1 announced what it calls a legally binding promise that it won't pursue patent lawsuits against users of open-source online courseware technology.


    An open-source group said it welcomed the move but noted a key caveat: Blackboard's pledge covers a number of named open-source projects, but technically leaves open the possibility that future open-source initiatives that bundle proprietary software could be vulnerable.


    The announcement is the latest development in a case that

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