France convicts Google Maps for unfair competition

Google has been fined for unfairly taking advantage of the dominant position of Google Maps by giving away the service for free.The internet giant has already been pulled up by French authorities for sniffing out personal data while taking pictures for its Street View service.This time, Bottin Cartographes lodged a complaint against Google France and Google Inc, claiming that its actions constituted unfair competition.A French commercial court upheld the complaint and ordered Google to shell out EUR500,000 in damages and interest, plus a EUR15,000 fine.Does Google plan to charge?The French company concerned distributes the same mapping services as Google Maps, but charges a fee. It claimed that Google's plan is to get ahead by undercutting the competition until it is in an unassailable position.Bottin Cartographes' lawyer, Jean-David Scemmama said, "this is the end of a two-year battle, a decision without precedent.""We proved the illegality of (Google's) strategy to remove its competitors... the

France convicts Google Maps for unfair competition

A French commercial court has found Google guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application and ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.

Wed 1 Feb 12 from Phys.org

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Free maps cost Google France EUR500,000

Google has been fined for unfairly taking advantage of the dominant position of Google Maps by giving away the service for free.The internet giant has already been pulled up by French authorities ...

Thu 2 Feb 12 from Techradar

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