[SLED] Blackboard + Patents

Jeremy Hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Thu Aug 3 04:58:02 PDT 2006


Hopefully there are a few other things going on.  It would be good to  
get the CIO councils of the various universities regional consortia,  
like sura.org and such to gather and send evidence of all prior art  
while filing for a reconsideration of the patent.  that would be far  
more effective at this stage than a patent because it would expose  
the patent office to a huge multitude of prior art which would likely  
cancel this patent and prevent future patents in this arena.
On Aug 3, 2006, at 7:31 AM, Chris Hambly wrote:

> Hi.
>
> http://www.boycottblackboard.org/
>
> Tim is coding, but the more hands the better... once he has he basics
> up I'm sure it will need extras hands.
>
> Audio
>
> On 8/3/06, Robbins, Sarah Brooke <sbrobbins at bsu.edu> wrote:
>> What's the URL for the site you're working on? Need any help?
>>
>> Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins
>> PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition
>> Ball State University, Muncie IN
>> www.secondlife.intellagirl.com
>> www.sarahrobbins.com
>> Yahoo: Intellagirl
>> SecondLife: Intellagirl Tully
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com on behalf of Henrik  
>> Bennetsen
>> Sent: Wed 8/2/2006 5:26 PM
>> To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching platform.
>> Subject: Re: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>>
>> Has been very cool to see you all move on this; can't wait to see  
>> what
>> this leads to.
>>
>> Check out Stephen Downes' writeup
>> <http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=35267>
>>
>> Henrik
>>
>>
>>
>> Chris Hambly wrote:
>> > Tim
>> >
>> > It's all set up, with the MYSQL also....
>> >
>> > I'll forward the log ins tomorrow for you.
>> >
>> > Audio
>> >
>> > On 8/2/06, Tim Allen <Tim at crompco.com> wrote:
>> >> Fantastic! I'll cobble some code together. Another list member has
>> >> actually
>> >> offered to host it if you'd prefer; I can just give you an IP  
>> address to
>> >> point to when it's ready.
>> >>
>> >> Regards,
>> >>
>> >> -Tim
>> >>
>> >> -----Original Message-----
>> >> From: Chris Hambly [mailto:chambly at gmail.com]
>> >> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 11:21 AM
>> >> To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching  
>> platform.
>> >> Subject: Re: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >>
>> >> Tim
>> >>
>> >> I've registered the domain, should be propogating as we speak...
>> >>
>> >> I'll set a MySQL up....
>> >>
>> >> Audio
>> >>
>> >> On 8/2/06, Tim Allen <Tim at crompco.com> wrote:
>> >> > That would probably work, but writing code is so much fun. :-)
>> >> >
>> >> > -----Original Message-----
>> >> > From: Green, Jason [mailto:green at dscc.edu]
>> >> > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 11:15 AM
>> >> > To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching  
>> platform.
>> >> > Subject: RE: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >> >
>> >> > Not to dissuade Tim, but:
>> >> >
>> >> > http://sourceforge.net/search/? 
>> type_of_search=soft&words=petition
>> >> >
>> >> > Would one of these work?
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > Jason Green
>> >> > green at dscc.edu
>> >> > Distance Education Coordinator/Instructional Design  
>> Specialist/French
>> >> > Instructor Dyersburg State Community College
>> >> > (731) 286-3279
>> >> > -----Original Message-----
>> >> > From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
>> >> > [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of  
>> Jonathan
>> >> > Freedman
>> >> > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:01 AM
>> >> > To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching  
>> platform.
>> >> > Subject: RE: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >> >
>> >> > Oh come now. I'm sure there is nice GPL petition software out  
>> there
>> >> already.
>> >> > I could be convinced to host it, depending how busy it gets.
>> >> >
>> >> > Cheers
>> >> >
>> >> > Jonathan Freedman
>> >> > Vice President
>> >> > Pleiades Consulting
>> >> > (902) 444-4335 x400
>> >> >
>> >> > On Wed, 2 Aug 2006, Tim Allen wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> > > Who's going to register BoycottBlackboard.org? I'll write  
>> the code
>> >> > > for
>> >> > a
>> >> > > petition is someone registers it and someone else has a php/ 
>> mysql
>> >> > > host
>> >> > to
>> >> > > put it on!
>> >> > >
>> >> > > Regards,
>> >> > >
>> >> > > -Tim
>> >> > >
>> >> > > -----Original Message-----
>> >> > > From: Green, Jason [mailto:green at dscc.edu]
>> >> > > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:56 AM
>> >> > > To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching
>> >> platform.
>> >> > > Subject: RE: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >> > >
>> >> > > Someone needs to start coordinating. Create a clearinghouse  
>> for
>> >> > > prior
>> >> > art
>> >> > > examples and set up a donation fund for paying the fee to  
>> request a
>> >> > > reexamination. Does anyone know someone at Sakai or EFF?
>> >> > >
>> >> > > Jason Green
>> >> > > green at dscc.edu
>> >> > > Distance Education Coordinator/Instructional Design
>> >> > > Specialist/French Instructor Dyersburg State Community College
>> >> > > (731) 286-3279
>> >> > > -----Original Message-----
>> >> > > From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
>> >> > > [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf  
>> Of Chris
>> >> > Hambly
>> >> > > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 9:53 AM
>> >> > > To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching
>> >> platform.
>> >> > > Subject: Re: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >> > >
>> >> > > NO, they are not fun at all, and thanks for indicating another
>> >> > > classic
>> >> > case
>> >> > > of financially armed robbery!
>> >> > >
>> >> > > I'm shouting loudly here about this and encourage all to do  
>> the
>> >> > > same,
>> >> > it
>> >> > > really is discusting and so wrong for such patents to pass.
>> >> > >
>> >> > > Audio
>> >> > >
>> >> > > On 8/2/06, Harold Jones <groups at mail.softcafe.net> wrote:
>> >> > > > It can get worse. While researching the BlackBoard patent, I
>> >> > > > discovered one filed in 1991 and issued in 1993 entitled:
>> >> > > >  "Interactive group communication system"
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > "A computerized teaching system is described, which  
>> comprises an
>> >> > > interactive
>> >> > > > group communication system, wherein students in a first  
>> group
>> >> > interact
>> >> > > with
>> >> > > > a teacher in Social Mode, and, in some case, while  
>> students in a
>> >> > > second
>> >> > > > group proceed with work in Independent Mode."
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > It seems as if Jakob Ziv-El owns not only SL's  
>> technology, but
>> >> > > > also all group interaction technology.
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > Ain't lawyers & corporations fun?
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > Cheers,
>> >> > > > Harry
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > -----Original Message-----
>> >> > > > From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
>> >> > > > [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of
>> >> > > > Jonathan Freedman
>> >> > > > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 5:43 AM
>> >> > > > To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching
>> >> > platform.
>> >> > > > Subject: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > Hello Everyone
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > Saw this on slashdot just now... It's a shame that  
>> patents like
>> >> > > > this
>> >> > > are
>> >> > > > still being awarded. I guess it's time for my firm to dig  
>> out
>> >> > > > =our=
>> >> > > prior
>> >> > > > art. We have been working with our own LMS for several  
>> years now.
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > >
>> >> > >
>> >> > http://mfeldstein.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/ 
>> blackboard_patents_th
>> >> > e_
>> >> > > lms
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > The lovely part is depending how you read the document... It
>> >> > > > covers education via SL as well.
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > "The establishment of the course includes an instructor user
>> >> > > generating a
>> >> > > > set of course files for use with teaching the course, then
>> >> > > transferring
>> >> > > > the course files to a server computer for storage  
>> thereat, and
>> >> > > > then
>> >> > > making
>> >> > > > access to the course files available to a predefined  
>> community of
>> >> > > student
>> >> > > > users having access to the server computer over a network."
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > "An asynchronous communication tool accessible to student  
>> users
>> >> > > enrolled
>> >> > > > in the course may be provided for enabling asynchronous
>> >> > communication
>> >> > > > amongst the student users."
>> >> > > >
>> >> > > > Jonathan Freedman
>> >> > > > Vice President
>> >> > > > Pleiades Consulting
>> >> > > > (902) 444-4335 x400
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Jeremy Hunsinger
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