Why brothers’ Facebook homage to Scrabble spells L-A-W-S-U-I-T

It is Facebook’s most popular game, giving 2.4 million Scrabble addicts worldwide a way to get their fix online. But the web addiction that is Scrabulous may be shut down after the makers of the board game claimed the electronic version was a breach of copyright.

Experts say the real risk to Scrabulous is legal, not electronic. Hasbro last year sold the rights to publish Scrabble online to another company, Electronic Arts. The game has been one of the biggest money-spinners in toy history: 100m sets have been sold since its debut in the 1950s.Pavan Duggal, a supreme court lawyer in Delhi specialising in cyber law, said that whatever “the noble intentions, the fact is that Scrabulous uses Scrabbles features, uses the same characteristics, has the look and feel of the original and therefore could be cause for copyright infringement”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/17/internet.facebook.scrabulousFans fight for Scrabulous future
The threat to the hugely popular Scrabulous game has galvanised Facebook members into mounting a vigorous defence campaign.In little more than a day more than 13,000 people have signed up to a Save Scrabulous group on Facebook.Many have signed a petition asking Mattel and Hasbro to back down from their threat to have the game removed.Others have bombarded the two toy makers with letters, e-mails and calls asking them to preserve the game.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7193416.stmScrabulous rankles Scrabble’s creators [AP]
The companies that make Scrabble are trying to shut down Scrabulous, an online version of the game that is one of the most popular applications on the social networking site Facebook.

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