Slate quotes Aaron Williamson on Scrabble word list copyright

an article today by Stefan Fatsis about Hasbro’s recent moves to assert a copyright over the Scrabble official word list, which is used to determine which words are acceptable in tournament Scrabble play. Tor Ekeland partner Aaron Williamson was interviewed for the article about the legitimacy of Hasbro’s claims:

“You can have a million interns working at a million typewriters to derive all of these words and go through every page of every dictionary,” says Aaron Williamson, an intellectual property lawyer with the firm Tor Ekeland P.C. in Brooklyn, New York. “If all they’ve done is say this one meets the Scrabble rules and this one doesn’t, they probably haven’t done enough to deserve a copyright.”
You can read the article here.]]>

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