Apparently Mattel, who owns the rights to the board game Scrabble has sued the developers of Scrabulous for copyright & trademark infringement and pending the outcome, has forced Facebook to remove the application from the social networking site.
The absence of Scrabulous on Facebook have bummed me out big time, and I can’t help but be angry at the developers for putting up Scrabulous in the first place to the unsuspecting public without proper licensing from the creator and owner of the original game Scrabble, thus having knowingly exposed the unsuspecting public (Read: me!) to the risk of being robbed off their enjoyment of the game at a point when they actually eat, breathe and sleep Scrabulous.
They think, just because they change the letters “b-l-e” to “u-l-o-u-s”, they can rip off everything else about the game and get away with it?
Of course I’m angry at Hasbro and Mattel too for not developing their own Scrabble application on Facebook. All these hassles could’ve been avoided if they had done so. Oh, wait a minute, they have just put such application up, but darn it! Scrabble Beta is only available in US & Canada for now. Aaarrrgh!!!!
In the meantime, I’m hunting high and low for a substitute game to keep me occupied. So, eventhough technically the unavailability of Scrabulous should make me more productive at work by as much as 50%, my search for another game keeps me busy the whole day and productivity is still somewhat below par, but who’s counting?
I miss my Scrabulous. I miss my quarrels with strangers over Scrabulous. I miss my Life in the Scrab Lane.
I’m so freakin sad.