Mozilla Foundation creates Mozilla Corporation

by Ramona

Mozilla CorporationAccording to MozillaZine (August 3rd, 2005), Mozilla Foundation created a wholly-owned subsidiary taxable entity, Mozilla Corporation, for development, distribution and marketing of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

The change will not affect the day-to-day development of Mozilla, with the current system of module owners, drivers, reviewers and super-reviewers staying in place. End-users are unlikely to notice any difference either, though the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation will eventually have separate websites. At the moment, only Firefox and Thunderbird will be developed under the auspices of the Mozilla Corporation; other projects, such as Camino and SeaMonkey, will continue to be overseen by the Mozilla Foundation.

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Some highlights from Mozilla Foundation Reorganization page:

What is the Mozilla Foundation announcing today?

The Mozilla Foundation is creating a new wholly owned taxable subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation, to do product development and distribution for Firefox, Thunderbird, and related branded products based on the Mozilla open source code base.

What is the role of the Mozilla Corporation?

The Mozilla Corporation is responsible for producing and distributing Firefox, Thunderbird, and related branded products built on the Mozilla open source code base. The Mozilla Corporation's mission, shared by that of the Mozilla Foundation, is to promote choice and innovation on the Internet.

Why has the Mozilla Foundation decided to make this change?

The Mozilla Corporation was established to support the Mozilla Foundation's mission to ensure choice and innovation on the Internet by leveraging the economic value of Firefox which has resulted from its growing market share. By forming a commercial subsidiary, the revenue-generating activities of the new entity can provide funds to support development, testing, and productization of the various Mozilla open source technologies. This benefits both end-users of Firefox and Thunderbird, and developers and others who want to use the Mozilla open source code in various ways. Having the Mozilla Corporation handle revenue-generating activities associated with these products also allows the Mozilla Foundation to achieve its goals while still itself remaining a tax-exempt organization.

However, the Mozilla Corporation is not a typical commercial entity and will only pursue revenue-generating activities that are consistent with offering end-users with the best experience possible.

Mozilla Corporation website

Mozilla Corporation website:
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Posted by Ramona on August 3, 2005 11:26 PM

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