Two Indian brothers who created the hugely popular online word game ‘Scrabulous’ on the Facebook networking website have been sued by US toymaker Hasbro, which owns Scrabble. It accused them of “blatant infringement” of its intellectual property by copying Scrabble’s rules, format and name.
The suit filed in a federal court in New York City also names RJ Software, the Kolkata-based company owned by Rajat (27) and Jayant Agarwalla (22), and seeks unspecified damages and an order barring them from using the name ‘Scrabulous’. “We are not in a position to comment because the matter is pending in court,” Rajat told HT. Hasbro also sent a copyright notice to Facebook, demanding that it remove Scrabulous.
Scrabulous became one of the most popular activities on Facebook after its 2006 launch and is believed to have over 2.5 million registered users. The suit came less than two weeks after the release of an authorised version of Scrabble for Facebook, which drew a lukewarm response with just 10,000 users.