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It is now illegal to give things away for free in France

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A commercial court in Paris has ordered Google France and parent company Google Inc. to pay €500,000 ($660,000) in damages to Bottin Cartographes after finding the company guilty of unfair competition.

The French mapping company had complained that Google Maps offered their service free of charge in order to undercut competitors and gain control of the market. In addition, the court levied a €15,000 fine against Google.

Bottin Cartographes offers the same service as Google Maps, for a fee.

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Back in June 2010, Google AdWords was found to have abused their dominant position in the French market. In the settlement agreement, they agreed to overhaul their rules ...

Worst abuse of economic government power in how long?

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