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Blackboard, a proprietary software company with Microsoft connections, started using software patents against competitors before it just tried to buy them out, including the FOSS competitors. Here are some posts that cover Blackboard.


  • With Moodlerooms, Blackboard is Almost Killing the Free Software Project (Moodle)

  • 2013

  • Blackboard Does to Moodle What Oracle Does to MySQL

  • 2012

  • Blackboard is Buying Out the Competition
  • Moodle and Moles

  • 2010

  • Blackboard and TSC Block GNU/Linux in Education

  • 2009

  • Familiar Villains: Apple and Blackboard Attack Linux/Free Software Again
  • Open Source Subsumed by Microsoft and Blackboard
  • Patents Roundup: Another Attack on Free Software, Blackboard Loses Again, Yellow Beans Patented

  • 2008

  • Patents Roundup: Microsoft-backed Blackboard, Racketeering, and Ray Niro
  • Use of False Promises to Attract Free Software Developers
  • Blackboard Gets Aggressive, Junk Patent Dropping Like Flies in Court
  • European Interoperability Framework (EIF) Corrupted by Microsoft et al, Its Lobbyists
  • Then, They Fight You… by Buying Some New Laws