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Nokia Sued by Thai Digital Mapping Provider

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Thailand based digital mapping company, GlobeTech has filed a copyright lawsuit against Nokia and its mapping subsidiary, Navteq, accusing them of violating its copyright and seeking punitive damages of THB 540 million (USD17.5 million).

"This is the first legal case in which a Thai company has sued global firms [Nokia of Finland and Navteq of US]," Wichai Saenghirunwattna, general manager of Globetech told the Bangkok Post.

In the lawsuit, the company alleges that Nokia's maps of Thailand include details from its own maps of the country. It is common practice amongst mapping companies to add tiny "errors" to their maps in order to track any copying by rivals, although it is not clear if that is the trigger for the lawsuit in this situation.

Apparently negotiations have been under ­way between the two companies since last August, but broke down.

A Nokia executive, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper that the company is aware of the complaints against it, adding, "We are monitoring the situation and studying the details. We'll take any necessary steps to defend ourselves."

On the web: Bangkok Post

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