Wednesday, January 16, 2008

T-R-A-G-E-D-Y

I was going to write about the patent case the Supreme Court heard this morning (Quanta v. LG), but then I realized I don't really know enough about patent exhaustion or conditional licenses to make any sort of reasoned statement about it. Instead I'll focus on an issue of extreme importance to law students all over the country...

Scrabble is moving to take down Scrabulous! Scrabulous, for the uninitiated, is the Facebook application whereby members can play a Scrabble-like game with each other. Apparently the US and Canada rights to Scrabble are owned by Hasbro; Mattel has the rights everywhere else. No telling so far which company has internet rights. I'll keep you posted as the story develops. (Hat tip: Likelihood of Confusion.)

UPDATE (10 minutes later): why is Scrabble under copyright - as opposed to patent - protection? Isn't it more like an invention than like a written expression? This requires further investigation.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Hi, I'm Andrew, and I suffer from Scrabulous addiction. I've tried to quit a few times, or at least cut down to 5 moves a day. I just can't shake it. The more I try to turn away from the screen, the more I rack my brain to find words that combine Z , Q, X, and U(there aren't, trust me).

There is an inverse correlation between my level of productivity in law school and the amount of time I spend playing Scrabulous. More Scrabulous, less work. More work, more scrabul - wait, is that right?

Basically, Scrabulous is becoming me. Please help.

Oh, and by the way, it's your turn Sai.