Monday, December 15, 2008


The lawsuit filed by Hasbro, Inc. against the makers of the widely popular Facebook game SCRABULOUS (previously blogged here and here) has been voluntarily dismissed by Hasbro. See Hasbro, Inc. v. RJ Softwares, Rajat Agarwalla, and Jayant Agarwalla, Case No. 08-cv-6567 (S.D.N.Y. July 23, 2008). News reports on the settlement can be found here, here, and here.

Scrabulous screenshot

As usual, the parties are silent on the terms of settlement, but RJ Softwares issued a press release on its LEXULOUS site (the new name given to the SCRABULOUS game soon after the lawsuit was filed) stating:

RJ Softwares has agreed not to use the term Scrabulous and has made changes to the Lexulous and Wordscraper games (in the U.S. and Canada) to distinguish them from the SCRABBLE crossword game. Based on these modifications Hasbro has agreed to withdraw the litigation filed against RJ Softwares in federal court in New York in July of this year. As modified, the Wordscraper application will continue to be available on Facebook and Lexulous will be available on the website.

Lexulous screenshot

The Wordscraper game is similar to Scrabulous except that players could devise their own scrabble-type board rather than having a board with the “trademark” look of the original Scrabble board (shown above).

Wordscraper screenshot

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