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Google Maps draws fine in France for being free [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-2-3 17:20:20 |Display all floors
How could that possible happened in France?

A French court has ruled Google must pay damages and a fine for making Google Maps available for free...and undercutting French mapping company Bottin Cartographes.


Google has been ordered to pay a fine and damages to French mapping company Bottin Cartographes because it makes Google Maps available for free, undercutting companies that offer similar services for a fee. Bottin Cartographes had filed an unfair competition complaint against Google, claiming the search giant was abusing its dominant position in the Internet search market to achieve a leading position in the digital mapping market. The Paris Commercial Court agreed, ordering Google to pay a €500,000 to Bottin Cartographes as well as a €15,000 fine.

Bottin Cartographes argued that Google’s strategy in the mapping market was to swallow the full costs of providing mapping and location services until it gains control of the market. Once Google had eliminated the competition, it would be free to charge anything it wanted for the service.

“We proved the illegality of (Google’s) strategy to remove its competitors,” Bottin Cartographes’ lawyer Jean-David Scemmama told the AFP. “The court recognized the unfair and abusive character of the methods used and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed.”

Google has indicated it planned to appeal the ruling, but did not respond to further requests to comment.

The fine itself is almost negligible to Google: the company has very deep pockets. However, the ruling could set a precedent for Google’s ongoing regulatory struggles in France and the EU. Google is the subject of another antitrust challenge in France (this one over AdWords) in which a preliminary ruling has already found Google guilty of abusing its dominant position in Internet search. Google also faces a similar complaint in Brussels, although Google did have a challenge to Google Maps by Euro-Cities dismissed by a German court last year. Google has also faced scrutiny in Europe for the privacy implications of its map-related Street View service, leading Google to abandon Street View in Germany.

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Post time 2012-2-3 17:21:33 |Display all floors
Seems the google face the obstacles all over the world. Here in China you can hardly use the google search engine ! What a shame!

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Post time 2012-2-3 18:20:03 |Display all floors
Diggit Post time: 2012-2-3 17:21
Seems the google face the obstacles all over the world. Here in China you can hardly use the google  ...

just around in Germany, falk.de has been offering mapping and pretty advanced routing for free for ages now, long before google did so.
There are other ways.
Justify your fee by providing something better, or offer additional paid services, or earn kickbacks from targeted advertising in the maps, for stuff like offering a reservation when someone's searching for some hotel in a city.
How is Google to blame for some Frogs lazyness or failure to be innovative?
您买象牙 - 您杀了大象!
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjU1Nzg0NDky.html - “用现代文明标准比划中国人,是严重的种族歧视行为。”
„Ich ficke wo, wen, und wann ich will, hast du mich verstanden. Auch du könntest ficken, aber du kannst es ja gar nicht, deine deutsche Genauigkeit... verbietet es dir“. Jean-Claude Juncker

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Post time 2012-2-3 18:24:36 |Display all floors
Thats protectionism at its worst...

I use google maps all the time they're fantastic.
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Post time 2012-2-4 21:55:05 |Display all floors
Grt the Firefox browser and get this proxy as an addon.



https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US ... y-extension/?src=ss

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Post time 2012-2-4 22:07:59 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Chechen at 2012-2-4 22:09

What the hell is going on here?  Who is the fascist Nazi that is tampwering with my posts?

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hide-my-ass-proxy-extension/?src=ss

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