miércoles, 1 de abril de 2009

Desire2Learn Million Dollar Mission For Education

Ayer ya lo avisábamos, en New Blackboard Learn(TM) for Apple(R) iPhone(TM) Application Lets Users Take Learning on the Go.
Me ha encantado la toma de postura de desire2learn, frente a la actitud en la guerra de patentes de Blackboard...Desire2Learn Million Dollar Mission For Education aquí tenéis la noticia, me he permitido copiar la carta entera:

Mr. Michael Chasen
President and CEO
Blackboard Inc.
650 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001-3796

Re: Proposal for Education

Dear Michael,

We at Desire2Learn Incorporated have a vision for a world without barriers to education. It is my hope that you share this vision. We have both built companies to meet the needs of students and educators. Our clients, educators from around the world, work with us tirelessly to put education first. There is no greater need today than for education to develop leaders, visionaries, scientists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs.

Take a stand with us to further the pursuit of education for all. Our clients want us to work collaboratively with them as they strive to provide the best teaching and learning technology, especially in these uncertain and fiscally-challenging times. If you drop your recent lawsuit, both of our companies will be saved unnecessary expense and a great deal of unproductive energy. We will also help avoid needless distraction in the educational community.

We are prepared to donate $1,000,000 to non-profit schools and other educational organizations if you stop the litigation before this money goes to lawyers. As we both know, the only winners in the last litigation were our law firms. Education lost.

Indeed, I urge you to show your goodwill and commitment to education by having Blackboard make a donation and by ceasing senseless litigation. We do not infringe, and do not want to infringe on, your latest or any, Blackboard software patents.

$1,000,000 from Desire2Learn can make a significant difference for thousands of students through the purchase of laptops, technology, supplies and other much needed educational support. Blackboard can contribute to that impact and, perhaps with matching grants, the effect can be multiplied. In fact, we commit to placing up to 50% of the $1,000,000 that we donate to schools in need within and around your head office area, Washington, D.C.

Michael, please join me in this mission. It's your choice. Support education or litigation. By taking this immediate action together we can make a positive and lasting impact on education, while still respecting each other's intellectual property. I await your timely response.



John Baker
President and CEO
Desire2Learn Incorporated

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