p2pnet news view | Products:- For Facebook, S-c-r-a-b-u-l-o-u-s spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e.
With a capital T.
“Play Scrabulous, the coolest word game with your family and friends, right here at Facebook,” its inventors, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, once said on Facebook.
But, Don’t even think about it!,’ said joint Scrabble owners Mattel and Hasbro, ordering Facebook to expeditiously remove the game, claiming Scrabulous infringes their copyright.
Now US toymaker Hasbro, owner of the rights to Scrabble in North America, is suing the Agarwalla brothers a week after an official Scrabble was released for Facebook users in Canada and the US.
Hasbro is accusing them of “blatant infringement” of its intellectual property, says the Times of India, going on:
“The toymaker has said that the Internet game is a copy of its product Scrabble.
“The suit filed in federal court in New York City, names RJ Softwares, the Kolkata-based company owned by Rajat Agarwalla, 27, and Jayant Agarwalla, 22, and seeks unspecified damages along with a court order barring them from using the name “Scrabulous” for their game.
“Hasbro also sent a copyright notice to Facebook, demanding that it remove Scrabulous from its site.”
The story says Hasbro and Mattel, which owns the rights elsewhere, “had earlier reportedly sent cease-and-desist letters to the Agarwalla brothers but the siblings issued a statement vowing to keep the application live.”
Facebook, meanwhile, says it’s, “disappointed that Hasbro has sought to draw us into their dispute; nevertheless, we have forwarded their concerns to Scrabulous and requested their appropriate response,” adds Times of India.
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