Scrabble Maker Hasbro Sues Over Scrabulous

Claiming intellectual property infringement, the toy company Hasbro is suing a pair of brothers from Calcutta, India, who created the Internet phenomenon Scrabulous, a Web-based knockoff of Hasbro's board game Scrabble.

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And today's last word in business comes from Hasbro, the toy company that's been struggling with an online knock-off of its classic board game Scrabble. Scrabulous has become a phenomenon on the social networking site Facebook. But after failing to shut it down, the company came up with this word - S-U-E.

Yesterday, Hasbro filed suit against the two brothers in Calcutta, India who came up with Scrabulous. It's claiming intellectual property infringement. By the way, Scrabulous had about half a million players, which dwarfs the number of Scrabble's official online game.

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