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Hasbro Threatens Facebook's Scrabulous: If the traffic-generating Scrabble knockoff is removed due to copyright issues, the social networking site may lose many frequent visitors

Date: July 24, 2008
Author: Catherine Holahan
QUOTE: The playing may soon stop. On July 24, gamemaker Hasbro (HAS), 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, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, brothers and Scrabble fans from Kolkata, India, who created the game in 2005. "The Scrabulous site is a theft of intellectual property, and we can't allow that to continue," says Mark Blecher, Hasbro's general manager of digital media and gaming. "We expect that Facebook will take it down."

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