Two major tech companies are set to do battle in the court of law as Mozilla and Yahoo look to resolve an issue that would seem rather minimal to the average user.
Yahoo was originally made the default search engine in 2014, and was contractually scheduled to do so until 2019. Mozilla, as of recent, has decided to house Google within the web browser instead however.
Oath, the company that was created from the merger of Yahoo and AOL, is accusing Mozilla of “breach of contract” and “breach of good faith and fair dealing.”
In response to the accusations Mozilla has released a statement of their ow
We recently exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users.
Mozilla saw the acquisition of Yahoo by Oath as a factor that would negatively impact their brand. The company believes they therefore had the right to terminate their contractual obligations yet maintain “post-termination rights.” This would force Yahoo to pay through the end of the contract.
Mozilla went on to further state,
“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. When it became clear that continuing to use Yahoo as our default search provider would have a negative impact on all of the above, we exercised our contractual right to terminate the agreement and entered into an agreement with another provider.”
Perhaps we’re being a little bias here, but when is the last time anyone honestly used Yahoo Search, other than when that annoying spyware somehow makes its way onto your MacBook making Google Search inaccessible?