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Kolkata brothers win the game but lose the title ‘Scrabulous’

Delhi High Court has ruled that Kolkata-based Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla will retain the right to post their word game online, but will not be allowed to use Scrabulous, Scrabble or any other “similar sounding” name, reports Telegraph .

Delhi High Court has ruled that Kolkata-based Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla will retain the right to post their word game online, but will not be allowed to use Scrabulous, Scrabble or any other “similar sounding” name, reports Telegraph .

The Kolkata brothers had developed an online word-game called Scrabulous that became a hit among Facebook users and subsequently attracted a law suit from US-based toymaker Hasbro which owns the rights to the Scrabble board game in US and Canada.

Claiming that Scrabulous was a copy of its product Scrabble, Hasbro accused Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla and their company RJ Softwares of ‘blatant infringement’ of its intellectual property. Later, the toymaker also asked Facebook to remove Scrabulous from its site.

Following the removal of Scrabulous from Facebook, the Agarwalla brothers launched another online word game on Facebook and called it Wordscraper , with significant changes to make the game look less like Scrabble.

Mattel, which owns the rights to the Scrabble game outside US and Canada, has also launched its official version of online Scrabble, called Scrabble by Mattel . But the game is currently available only to Facebook users outside US and Canada.

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