Mozilla has finally come out in response to the litigation filed against them by Yahoo. The lawsuit focuses on Yahoo Holding and Oath which was based on Mozilla’s agreement with the search engine for putting the default search browser in their web browsers. This has been termed by Mozilla as a breach of contract.
The entire drama began when Verizon (which owns Mozilla) filed a complaint against Mozilla for changing the default search engine to Google while Yahoo was supposed to be at that place as per the pact between both the companies. The case was filed by Verizon in the Court of California on 1st of December.
Mozilla launched its new Firefox browser with new extensions and did pretty well in the consumer market. The response has been full of adulation and admiration due to the contemporary interface of the web browser as well as the improved third-party extension system. With the overwhelming response, Mozilla surprised its users by changing its longtime default engine from Yahoo to Google.
This led to the litigation being filed against Mozilla where the agreement between Yahoo and Mozilla was referred to both the companies which was established back in 2014. The agreement between both the companies bounded Mozilla to have Yahoo as its default search engine for the next 5 years.
Due to the unstable condition of Yahoo, Verizon decided to buy the search engine company along with all its other subsidiaries. As the news of takeover emerged into the market, the agreement between Yahoo and Mozilla explicitly stated that the acquiring company would pay Mozilla $375 million per year through 2019 if Mozilla wasn’t satisfied with the new owners of Yahoo.
While Mozilla emphasizes that the decision to replace Yahoo with Google was solely taken to improve the customer experience with the new version of the web browser, Yahoo has knocked the court’s door with the hope of saving its limited customer base through the web browser.