February 2, 2012 Leave a comment
I am so glad I escaped France and that I am no longer French. Only in France could this happen, protecting a business whose model has been disrupted by a competitor. The sad thing is that this only benefits the incumbent, not its customers who could cut costs by shifting to a cheaper (free!) product, or the consumers at large for the same reason. So whatever friction was removed from the system has now been artificially reintroduced. Sucks to be a French consumer.
Google faces a $660,000 fine after a French court ruling that the company is abusing its dominant position in mapping by making Google Maps free.
According to The Economic Times, the French commercial court “upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc. for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.”
Bottin Cartographes provides mapping services for a cost, and its website boasts several business clients such as Louis Vuitton, Airbus and several automobile manufacturers.