Scrabble Knockoff Returns to Facebook with Changes

July 31, 2008 8:05:22 AM PDT
A popular Scrabble knockoff is back on Facebook with a bit of a makeover. It comes with changes that could help it skirt copyright and trademark laws. On Tuesday, the creators of Scrabulous voluntarily removed their version of the word game from Facebook, the social networking site. The brothers behind Scrabulous made the decision after the owners of Scrabble's North American rights filed a federal lawsuit.

Now, the game has reappeared with the name Wordscraper. The change could help it avoid any confusion with Scrabble. And the game itself has also changed. Instead of Scrabble-like square tiles, for instance, Wordscraper has circles.