January 16, 2008 6:38 AM PST

Facebook asked by Mattel to remove 'Scrabulous'

While Hasbro, trademark owner of 'Scrabble' in North America, has already targeted social-network game, Mattel owns rights elsewhere.

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If they're really smart...
If Hasbro has any sense, they'll contact the makers of Scrabulous, thank them for their hard work and free advertising, reward them financially and take over running Scrabulous.

However, they're not, so they're sending in the lawyers to shut it down. I've never played, but I've heard others just rave about it. They'll be bummed when it's no longer available and most won't realize it's Hasbro's fault, so most of the ill-will will be deflected.

But, still, a lost opportunity. Thanks to lawyers.

Prove me wrong, Hasbro!
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You are missing the big picture
While the app is gaining them publicity, you can't justify rewarding bad behavior. The makers of Scrabulous were not the first to think of this. What about the enterprising people who thought of similar ideas but decided to play by the law and honor IP, trademarks and copyrights?

Scrabulous may not have been as successful if they had used a different name.
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