"Scrabulous was great PR for you and you had to ruin it for EVERYONE," wrote one whiny Facebook user after losing access to the site's most popular diversion:
It's game over for Scrabulous; the popular Scrabble knockoff game on Facebook is no longer available as of this morning.
Facebook users who logged on to play the word puzzle game this morning instead got a message that it has been "disabled for U.S. and Canadian users until further notice."
The game was one of the most popular applications on the social networking site, but Hasbro filed a lawsuit last week accusing Scrabulous makers of having infringed on copyrights with the Facebook game.
The first sentence says it all -- the game was a knockoff. Scrabble is trademarked -- it is owned by somebody, and you can't just take somebody's legal property for your own benefit. This is one of those old rules people online think don't apply to them. Sometimes, they're right, and some of the rules are being changed by our collective digital experience. But this isn't one of them, so far.