Jury Sides With Blackboard in Patent Case

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 25, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Continuing coverage of reactions to the Blackboard patent verdict. The Chronicle quotes a combative John Baker: "They won this round, but the battle is not over by any stretch of the imagination," John Baker, president and chief executive of Desire2Learn, said in an interview Friday. "We'll continue to fight and hopefully remove from the educational community this very dark cloud." The Sakai Foundation also responds in measured tones, "This is certainly not either the end or, frankly, the most important part of the ongoing patent dispute." And Graham Attwell writes, "The Blackboard affair is just another round in this fight. It ultimately represents an attempt to privatise our rights to education and our rights to learning, to turn the means an tools for developing knowledge into a private commodity." Exactly.
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