A French court has ruled that Google is guilty of abusing the dominance of Google Maps, and so has ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.

Apparently Bottin Cartographes argued that Google was planning to offer Maps for free only until all the competitors had been driven out of business ‚ÄĒ then, it argued, Google would start charging, reports AFP. The result? The court ordered Google to pay $660,000 in damages.

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Understandably, Google is looking to appeal. Surely that stands a good chance, seeing as the argument used by Bottin is nothing like Google's usual policy of giving away services for free, in exchange for, well, all your personal information. [AFP]