That's fine with me. At the end of the day if Google worries that they will be heavily fined for the breaking the law it might well put them off doing so in the first place. I don't mind that the UK Government get's paid.
Charging a flat rate for every device manufacture sounds right, based on the details above Ericsson was trying to charge based on handset sale value so Apple would be paying far more than anyone else.
If this is the case I hope they lose.
Does anyone actually use Flyover? To my mind it's always been a bit of a gimmicky "look we can do something that Google doesn't" kind of feature.
I wish they'd invest resources into getting an equivalent to Google's street view instead.