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Makers of 'Scrabble' Want Popular 'Scrabulous' Removed From Facebook

Facebook App Scrabulous Gets Cease and DesistedEarlier this week, Facebook was forced to create "extended" profiles thanks to the inundation of random apps/widgets that users of the site has been suffering from lately. We find many of these apps to be little more than nagware, but there are a few gems, chief among them 'Scrabulous,' a multiplayer online version of 'Scrabble' you can play right from your Facebook account. Now, as if you needed more proof that we live in a time in which stuffy lawyers don't dig the digital age, take a look at this: It looks like toy-makers Hasbro and Mattel have sent their legal goons to Facebook and demanded that it remove the immensely popular 'Scrabulous' from its site.

Hasbro and Mattel share the 'Scrabble' trademark in the U.S. and internationally, and so, of course, want to defend it, and the name 'Scrabulous' certainly does bear more than a passing resemblance to that of 'Scrabble.' Plus, there's the whole yellow tiles spelling words thing that 'Scrabulous' also uses. 'Scrabulous' is one of the most popular apps on Facebook, so it's no surprise that its possible removal has naturally resulted in a "Save Scrabulous" group and plenty of uproar from fans.

Let's hope it works, but sadly, these sorts of anti-trademark protests usually do little to discourage the stodgy and generally boring legal process. Something tells us these fans may end up having to play 'Scrabble' on Facebook in the not-to-distant future.

From BBC News

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