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Scrabble Owners Sue Facebook

Scrabble Owners Sue Facebook

Hasbro Inc., who owns the best game ever, is suing Rajat and Jayan Agarwalla, brothers and the creators of the Facebook application Scrabulous. Scrabulous is the Facebook/online version of, well, Scrabble. Apparently, Hasbro is claiming that Scrabulous goes against its copyright and trademarks on Scrabble. Hasbro Inc. is also insisting that Facebook shut down this application and prohibit its half-million daily users from getting their wordplay on.

This isn’t the first time Scrabulous has raised an eyebrow with Hasbro. Back in January, the company asked Facebook to shut down Scrabulous, but Facebook has yet to do so. There’s no denying that the brothers created an exact replica of the 70-year-old board game, but part of us thinks that this lawsuit might have been avoided if the brother’s didn’t foolishly link Scrabble’s Wikipedia page in their application description. Or name the game Scrabulous. Just sayin'.

Tell us what you think about this lawsuit. Is it justifiable or should Hasbro sue Facebook, and not the creators of the game? And if Scrabulous does disappear, how on earth will you distract yourself at work all day? [Ars Technica]

Posted: 7/28/08