The Scrabble knockoff game has grown wildly popular with millions of Facebook users. Since launching on Facebook last year, Scrabulous has attracted millions of players who spend hours each month trying to find the highest-scoring word from as many of seven randomly selected letters as possible. Nearly 513,000 people play the game on Facebook each day.
On July 24, gamemaker Hasbro, which owns the North American rights to Scrabble, demanded Facebook remove the Scrabulous program, saying it violates Hasbro’s copyright. The same day Hasbro filed an intellectual property lawsuit against the Scrabulous creators,
The suit, filed in the Southern District of New York, names Scrabulous creators the brothers Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla, and RJ Softwares as the defendants, Hasbro said.
Hasbro, the world’s No. 2 toy company, also said it sent a notice to Facebook, the social networking site that hosts the Scrabulous game, requesting they remove the application in the United States and Canada as soon as possible.
“We view the Scrabulous application as clear and blatant infringement of our Scrabble intellectual property, and we are pursuing this legal action in accordance with the interests of our shareholders, and the integrity of the Scrabble brand,” Hasbro’s General Counsel Barry Nagler said in a statement.
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