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Google Maps Sued for Being Free

Thursday 2 February 2012
A French court has ruled that Google should pay a 500,000 euro fine because by making Google Maps free they are abusing their dominant position.

The action was brought by Bottin Cartographes, a French mapping company which charges customers such as Louis Vuitton and Airbus to use their maps. From looking at Bottin Carto's website I would be surprised if their maps were seen as a competitor to Google's.

I am rather staggered by this ruling and wonder where it leaves other companies that wish to provide their superior products for free. Surely this does not mean that a small software house could take larger open source software companies to court just because they wish to offer some of their products for free.

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