A Boston online textbook startup has settled a major copyright infringement lawsuit brought by three of the biggest educational publishers in the business.
The confidential settlement brings to an end a 21-month legal battle for Boundless Learning Inc., which had set out to provide free Web-based versions of popular textbooks for some of the most common college courses.
That business model drew a swift legal response from Pearson Education Inc., Cengage Learning Inc., and Macmillan Higher Education. The three publishing giants essentially accused Boundless of ripping off their materials and misleading students with copycat textbook alternatives.
None of the parties would disclose terms of the settlement. But in a statement released Wednesday, Boundless said it “now has a clear path for building and marketing” its online textbooks. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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