The latest turn in this saga doesn’t look so good for Scrabulous… Hasbro, the maker of Scrabble, is suing the creators of Scrabulous, the uber-popular Facebook app. In a statement, the company says the suit was filed against Rajat Agarwalla and Jayant Agarwalla in the Southern District of New York, and it adds that it has filed a DMCA takedown notice with Facebook, demanding that the app be removed now. We’ll monitor how fast or whether Facebook complies, but hopefully you don’t have too many unfinished games. Just a guess: Faced with a DMCA takedown notice from a company that has a solid complaint, Facebook will cave (right now it’s still up). Back in January, Hasbro and Mattel first demanded that Facebook deal with the app. It’s clear what’s going on timing-wise: An official version of Scrabble was just launched on Facebook with the help of Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS), and obviously that’s the version Hasbro wants folks playing. Perhaps we need some sort of non-profit “Scrabble-portability” organization to ensure that users can move their in-process games from one to the other. Release.
Update: The full lawsuit is embedded below (RSS readers may have to click through)..read pages 9-11 for the most relevant part…after the jump.