Monday, September 29, 2008

Popular Facebook App Scrabulous Name In Violation, Game Not

Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the Indian brothers who came up with the Scrabble-style word game for Facebook called Scrabulous, told fans that their country's courts ruled that their game did not violate Mattel Inc.'s copyrights. It did, however, consider the name Scrabulous a trademark violation and ordered the Agarwallas to stop using the word, the brothers said. Mattel, which owns the international rights to Scrabble, in February sued the Agarwallas in Indian court. Hasbro, the owner of Scrabble in North America, followed suit in July. Several days later, the Agarwallas pulled the application from Facebook and put up Wordscraper, a similar game that lets players modify their own board.
http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-techblog27-2008sep27,0,5973004.story?track=rss

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