Still, this didn't prevent a French court in Paris from blasting Google with a 500, 000 Euro in damages (about $660, 000) for the simple fact that it is giving Google Maps for free.
Somehow the company Bottin Cartographes, which obviously specializes in mapping services, has managed to file this strange lawsuit, and on top of that convince the court that Google is stifling innovation by giving away its Maps service.
Short of splitting the damages and 15, 000 Euro fine awarded with the judges, we don't really see how the free Google Maps, which doesn't even offer true offline navigation, has been ruled as undercutting the paid GPS apps out there that offer it. The lawyer for Bottin Cartographes, Jean-David Scemmama, had the following comment:
By the same logic, Bottin Cartographes should sue Nokia for bundling the free Nokia Drive with its Windows Phones, and have an even more compelling case on its hands, since it offers free offline voice guidance worldwide. Google is planning to appeal, of course, and noted that there is real competition in this space, with Google Maps only being a supplementary service.
source: AFP via Engadget