Google Pays for Its Free Map Service

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is in trouble for providing its map service for free. Google and Google France were ordered earlier this week to pay Bottin Cartographes 500,000 euros (about $660,000) plus a fine of 15,000 euros.

Attorney for Bottin Cartographes, Jean-David Scemmama, said, “We proved the illegality of (Google’s) strategy to remove its competitors. The court recognized the unfair and abusive character of the methods used, and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed. This is the first time Google has been convicted for its Google Maps application.”

The war between the two has been going on for two-years with Bottin claiming Google was engaging in anticompetitive practices by using its free service to take control over the online-mapping industry.

Google does plan to appeal the decision. Here’s how Google shares are trading now:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $580.83, down $4.87, or 0.83%.

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