Carter, D. (2009) Blackboard, D2L declare truce eSchool News, December 17
The three-and-a-half-year court battle between learning management system (LMS) giant Blackboard Inc. and competitor Desire2Learn ended Dec. 15 when the companies agreed to license each other’s patents and drop long-standing lawsuits.
So does this mean that LMS wars are over? Not really. Both companies have lost out over this battle, driving decision-makers more and more towards open source solutions such as Moodle and Sakai, which also incorporate more easily new web 2.0 tools. Since the two companies have also agreed to swap licenses, they are still open to sue other commercial vendors of LMSs, although they may have learned something from this experience.