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Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

Wednesday December 16th, 1998

ZDNet posted an interesting article concerning Netscape's relation to Mozilla.org and the possibility of Netscape making Mozilla a non-profit organization.

The article states that it has been considered before, and could be a possibility in the future. The main reason behind spinning off Mozilla, would be legal protection if patented code was contributed, and Mozilla.org was then sued. Being non-profit, Mozilla.org would make no money, and be worth nothing, hence, nothing could be gained by suing them.


#4 Re:Mozilla.org Spin-Off?

by Jamie Zawinski <jwz@mozilla.org>

Friday December 18th, 1998 1:33 AM

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This Ben Elgin guy blew what I said way out of proportion.

The ZDnet article begins:

But living under the same roof almost brought things to a boil last month, when Netscape considered severing all financial ties with Mozilla.org, Sm@rt Reseller has learned. Under the plan, Netscape would have spun Mozilla.org -- the group charged with leading community development of its one-time browser -- into a non-profit organization.

First of all, I didn't say this happened last month, nothing "boiled." This is something that has been being considered since january, before the outside world had ever heard the name "mozilla.org". It has never been given much priority, but it has been discussed on occasion. In particular, this has absolutely nothing to do with the AOL deal.

Someone asked a question about whether mozilla.org would ever spin off, and I said that it was possible, because such a thing had been discussed. That's all.

Second, "severing all financial ties" sure sounds like "cutting off funding" to me, which wouldn't be the point of this at all, and certainly wasn't even suggested in any of the conversations about this in the past.

PS: blow me, Angus.