Court fines Google France for giving away the Maps software for free

Court fines Google France for giving away the Maps software for free
There's barely an Android user out there who hasn't taken advantage of Google's excellent Maps navigation service. There are still things missing from it, that exist in paid navigation apps, like true offline voice-guided navigation worldwide, so it's not encroaching on their turf just yet.

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

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11 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What the motherf**k?!?! That's bulls**t!

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol just when i thought patent wars were bad enough !!! Honestly all this blame and claim, sue, patent wars is so pathetic and really needs to be regulated better. IMO It seems every major innovative company needs to invest heavily in great lawyers. wish i went to law school now

3. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

I guess it's all in perspective. You can look at it as being a free service, or, a service that comes bundled with the price of the device.

4. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Didn't M$ get to remove ie from windows?

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is just the first round in a long fight. I hope Bottin has a bunch of cash to fund the litigation.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Wow, so instead of spending money on trying to show that what they offer is worth what you pay for it, they're blowing money on litigation. Great move idiots. I hope Google bankrupts them.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

they're just admirers of big daddy Apple, and that's how Apple does it.

7. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

it's not like the Windows scam with their Office bundle...they need to lay off the legal wars it's getting ridiculous

8. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Stifling competition?! No one owns the ability to map out an area! Sorry your navigation company went out of business because someone can do it better then you. Thats like a photographer sueing google for posting images that are better then his!

10. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Its a trick made by this French company They made a ugly service full of ads and you must pay for it ! Then they attack google in justice pretending they cannot compete So the easy way to go money in France is for instance to make a pay webmail then attack gmail...

11. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

If it goes by that logic, wow we could make millions oooopps I mean hundreds of thousand here bro. I just LOLed hard to that. . .

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