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CNET News: Education Software Firm OKs Open-Source Patent Use

Feb 02, 2007, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Blackboard, whose software can be used to manage university courses, has taken a significant step to mollify open-source rivals who perceive a patent threat from the company.

"Blackboard pledged Thursday not to use its current and pending patents against open-source alternatives. The pledge also extends to in-house 'home grown' course management software developed by schools themselves, software that handles chores such as tracking grades or distributing quizzes..."

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