As learning management system (LMS) provider Blackboard Inc. continues its protracted legal battle with rival Desire2Learn, educators say the ongoing dispute over patent infringement could make the growing list of open-source LMS competitors more attractive to school leaders.

Blackboard last month filed a motion against Desire2Learn asking a U.S. federal court in Texas to hold the company in contempt of court. The motion was the latest development in a legal fight that began in 2006, when Blackboard attorneys claimed Desire2Learn's products violated patent laws. In February, Blackboard was awarded $3.2 million and an injunction against Desire2Learn to prevent sales of products


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