Mozilla Goes Commercial

The Mozilla Foundation has announced the creation of the Mozilla Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will continue the development, distribution and marketing of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

Unlike the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, the Mozilla Corporation will be a taxable entity (that is, a for-profit rather than a non-profit) but the Foundation emphasized that it will pursue the same public benefit goals as the Foundation itself and will not be driven purely by revenue goals.

Mitchell Baker, president, Mozilla Corporation, said the foundation decided to create a commercial subsidiary, as its commercial activities were restricted because of its nonprofit nature. Mitchell Baker in his blog stated, “It is difficult to determine what ways of generating revenue make sense for a non-profit and which ways of generating revenue are not appropriate. The Mozilla Corporation is a taxable entity and so is legally permitted greater freedom of action than the Mozilla Foundation.”

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