Mozilla and Oath are suing each other soon after the former took the decision to change Firefox’s default browser from Yahoo to Google. It turns out the company had struck a deal with Yahoo to keep it as default for a period of five years, but the latest Firefox update no longer considered it.
Mozilla moved from Yahoo to Google as its default browser
Firefox Quantum is the latest version of the Mozilla browser, which brings the highest number of changes in the past year. This new version is a lot more sophisticated, and might turn into a worthy competitor for Google Chrome. For this, Mozilla needed to embrace Google as default browser.
This decision wasn’t welcome by everyone, which led to a series of lawsuits that have recently been filed. At the beginning of this year, Verizon purchased Yahoo, and then created Oath by putting it and AOL together. This explains why Oath were the ones which first headed to court.
In 2014, Mozilla and Yahoo struck a deal to make the latter their default browser for a period of five years. The main purpose of Yahoo was to compete with Google and reduce its popularity among Firefox users. They could still choose what browser to use, but the move still came to Yahoo’s benefit, as their number of searches increased soon afterwards.
The two companies have filed lawsuits against each other
The contract also specified what should happen if Yahoo came to be bought by a different company. If Mozilla didn’t want to collaborate with this company, they could still receive a yearly revenue of $375 million until the five-year period was over. However, if it wanted to end the collaboration, it could do so.
Mozilla switched from Yahoo to Google but, according to the contract, it still required Oath to pay the annual sum of money. Therefore, the two companies sued each other. Oath claimed the collaboration was terminated improperly, while Mozilla wants to follow the clauses of the 2014 contract. Verizon, which purchased Yahoo, is not specialized in search engines, so it’s easy to understand why the collaboration was ended.
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