Alex Massie

Doh is not a real word...

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But... The makers of Scrabble are going after the Indian boys responsible for the wondrous Scrabulous. What stupidity. Don't they realise that Scrabulous has introduced the Facebook generation to the game. Yes, it's a rip-off of the boardgame but it's also the best thing to have happened to Scrabble in years. How many sets will be sold to people introduced to the game online? Plenty I should imagine. Why, for the first time in years I played a couple of games of "real" Scrabble last weekend. I doubt that would have been the case but for Scrabulous.

Tellingly, Hasbro and Mittel aren't cracking down, as best one can tell, on less popular online rip-offs of the game. Which rather suggests intellectual property isn't their prime concern and they are in fact just as foolish as they seem.

So, yes, I suspect they have a pretty good case but that it's not one that's in their own best interest to pursue.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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