Google France Sued by Bottin Cartographes for Providing Free Map Services.... So this is an interesting story.... Unfortunately all the articles I have seen seem to be based on the same AFP article and the AFP article is rather lacking in information. Add to that my lack of french and I am having a hard time answering some questions. I was discussing this on another forum and several people there asserted that the issue was not the use of the standard Google Maps but rather the "Business" version (Google Maps API Premier) which normally goes for a starting price of $10,000 a year. That would certainly seem to show a more nefarious action on Google's part to attempt to under cut its competition and put them out of business so it can go back to selling the product for $10,000 a year. The problem is that there are not any articles I can find that actually state this is the service they are offering for free and the persons making these assertions had no sources to back them up. I did my own searching and wound up finding this article which states Google has offered, and still does to a limited extent, free basic Google Apps services to businesses. Since 2007, when they began their Premier services, they have been placing limits on free use by businesses. As of April of last year they went from allowing 50 free user accounts per business to 10. Note that the court battle in the article above has been going on for about two years. I am currently operating on the assumption that this is the service that Bottin Cartographes is suing over. Free service that normally costs $10,000 a year does not seem to make much sense, though I suppose it is possible. And the assumption that they are suing over Google Maps being free in general also seems unlikely. The particular free service described in the second article also shows a pattern of Google beginning to charge for the services it once offered for free which follows the logic of the law suit. If any one can clear this up I would appreciate it, thank you. In the mean time what do the rest of you think about this?