Mozilla, maker of Firefox, this week issued a carefully-worded assertion that implied it may be harmed by “collateral injury” if the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wins its recently-revealed antitrust lawsuit towards search big Google.
“The final outcomes of an antitrust lawsuit shouldn’t trigger collateral injury to the very organizations — like Mozilla — greatest positioned to drive competitors and defend the pursuits of customers on the internet,” Amy Keating, the Mozilla basic counsel, wrote in an Oct. 20 submit to an organization weblog.
Although Keating didn’t come out and say as a lot, she was speaking in regards to the chance, that if Google loses the case it won’t be allowed to pay rival browser builders, together with Mozilla, charges for setting Google’s search engine as these browsers’ default.
“In this new lawsuit, the DOJ referenced Google’s search settlement with Mozilla as one instance of Google’s monopolization of the search engine market in the United States,” Keating stated, then left it to readers to make the connection between that coverage and her rivalry that Mozilla would possibly endure injury. “Unintended hurt to smaller innovators from enforcement actions shall be detrimental to the system as a complete, with none significant profit to customers — and isn’t how anybody will repair Big Tech.”