Everyone keeps telling me how smart Mark
Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is, but I'm beginning to have my
doubts. Fresh on the heels of his disastrous foray into datamining with
Facebook's Beacon service, he seems to be unclear on the concept of
copyright infringement. Hasbro and Mattel, owners of the copyright for
the Scrabble word game, is directing Facebook to remove Scrabulous, an
online application that is one of the ten most popular on Facebook.
Scrabulous add-on was not created by Facebook but was built for the
site by Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla - software developers based in
According to the Scrabulous website it
has 594,924 daily active users - about a quarter of the total that have
signed up to play it.
The game has spawned a host of "scrabble
cheat" sites which work out every possible word that can be made from
the available letters.
The threat to the game has spawned a new facebook group "Save Scrabulous" that already has more 600 members.
usual, the users of Scrabulous don't blame Facebook for not licensing
the game, but blame Hasbro and Mattel for not allowing Facebook to make
money off the idea without paying for it. The Save Scrabulous group is
offering links to the toymakers' websites so they can protest. Someone
really should clue in Zuckerberg that if you've got a half-million
dedicated daily users of anything on the internet, it would be a trifle
to make it pay and legally license the game. I guess he'd rather pay
lawyers and annoy his subscribers. That's how smart a genius is, I