The Paris Commercial Court finds that leading internet search company abused its dominant position on the maps market (Bottin Cartographes / Google)

Facts Is free an anticompetitive behavior? Bottin Cartographes, a French company which offers solutions to firms which want to integrate maps in their websites, realized that it was losing clients to Google. Its clients, which used to pay for the display on their pages of their location and routes to their shops, were not renewing contracts and increasingly switched to Google Maps, offered for free by the search giant. From a technical point of view, the services seem to function the same way: an API (Application Programming Interface) enables the inclusion of a map in a website, this map being realized from geographic data purchased from companies such as Navteq or TeleAtlas. Google built its Maps

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Cédric Manara, The Paris Commercial Court finds that leading internet search company abused its dominant position on the maps market (Bottin Cartographes / Google), 31 January 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2012, Art. N° 45008

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