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Scrabulous Returns to Facebook as Wordscraper

Lawsuit leads to name change



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    Following an investigation by toy makers Hasbro and Mattel, Facebook was asked 16 January 2008 to remove the Scrabulous game from its website due to alleged copyright infringement. The Facebook add-on is incredibly popular with up to 500,000 users, playing every day. Designed by Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the threat to the online version of the classic wordgame "Scrabble" has already seen protests made both in a Facebook group and to the feedback areas on the website of Hasbro and Mattel. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    The popular word tile game previously known as Scrabulous returned to the social networking site Facebook under the new name Wordscraper.

    Brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla changed the name of the popular game after they were sued by Hasbro, the maker of the board game Scrabble. According to The New York Times, the popularity of Wordscraper soared after Hasbro sued the Agarwallas and news of the suit provided thousands of words of free publicity.

    Scrabulous featured an exact replica of a Scrabble board and Wordscraper now lets players pick the size and configuration of their board. If players wanted, they could configure their boards to be identical to a Scrabble board.