Google was fined 500,000 euros for a free API Google Maps
February 6th, 2012 by admin
Commercial Court of Paris ordered Google to pay € 500 000 fine for allowing free use of Google Maps. The company filed for Bottin Cartographes Google in court, because they undermine competition in the market and want to monopolize.
“First of all, we ask that the application of clear and transparent business model and improve compliance with competition rules – Dorothy said Mani, Deputy Director Bottin Cartographes, – There are two main funding models: advertising, are shown on free services, and providing fee-based services” ( exactly what the Bottin Cartographes). Deputy Director stressed that the service Google Maps – it’s not just a website, and programming interfaces that enable companies to integrate maps into their applications google. And some of these API available for free, without ads, even if they are related to the cost for the search giant.
The court sided with the Bottin Cartographes and, in addition to a fine of 500,000 euros, the company ordered Google to pay compensation of 15 thousand euros.
Google representatives have already announced that the company would appeal the court’s decision. “We believe that the free, fast and high-quality map display brings only positive things for web sites and their users. And we will continue to face strong competition in this field “, – explained the point of view of the company’s press secretary of the American group.