Friday, 15 December, 2017

Yahoo and Mozilla in the court

Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten Mozilla and Yahoo! trade sueballs over Firefox-Google search deal
Cecilia Poole | 08 December, 2017, 01:11

However, while it does seem unfair for Mozilla to expect Yahoo to pay the sum in spite of it having assigned Google as the default search engine on Firebox browser.

Nearly exactly three years later, when Firefox Quantum was released, on November 14 2017, Mozilla reverted to making Google the default search engine in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while retaining Yandex In Russia, Turkey, Belarus and Kazakhstan and Baidu in China.

When Mozilla launched Firefox Quantum, it also announced that the default search engine in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan would be Google.

Former Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer left the company after the Verizon acquisition was completed, losing out on $14 million in bonus and award money based on investigations into the breaches.

But Yahoo has since been acquired by Verizon.

One last thing: the two Yahoo! companies mentioned in both claims are registered in Ireland and Singapore, friendly jurisdictions for multinationals that like to optimise their tax affairs.

Writing yesterday on the Mozilla blog, chief business and legal officer Denelle Dixon said her organization made a decision to terminate its agreement with Yahoo/Oath based on a number of factors, including doing what's best for the brand, its effort to provide quality Web search, and the broader content experience for its users.

"Yahoo has suffered and will continue to suffer competitive injury to its business and reputation, among other harm", the complaint says. Mozilla hit back on December 5 with a cross-complaint arguing that it was protecting its rights to enforce the contract. Among others, Mozilla contends that Yahoo violated its contract by failing to improve its search engine.

"As a result, it was one of the significant factors that contributed to the decline in Firefox usage". Furthermore, The foundation mentioned that its revenue from Yahoo did not meet expectations although payments continued until October 31, 2017.

The lawsuits are just the latest of many stumbling blocks that Yahoo has faced in recent years. Over the past year, Yahoo has gradually revealed details of a massive hack of its systems, which Yahoo now says affected all 3 billion of its users.

Completed in June, Verizon purchased Yahoo's core operating business for nearly $4.5 billion. In turn, Yahoo is also suing Mozilla, claiming that their contract was terminated incorrectly.

Yahoo has now sued Mozilla for breach of contract, though, Yahoo has said that it had brought the change to the notice of Mozilla befit exiling the suit. Mozilla was even allowed to walk away from the contract if it wanted to. And Oath is accusing Mozilla of violating terms of the agreement, which forms the basis of its legal complaint against the browser.

The contract, however, was very much skewed in Mozilla's favor.

These factors include "doing what's best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users".

"Immediately following Yahoo's acquisition, we undertook a lengthy, multi-month process to seek assurances from Yahoo and its acquirers with respect to those factors", Dixon said. "Indeed, the parties anticipated that key elements of the negotiated deal to provide stability to Mozilla and to offset the high risk that Mozilla was taking by choosing Yahoo Search as the default search provider". We enter into all of our relationships with a shared goal to deliver a great user experience and further the web as an open platform.

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