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A pirate flag at Shell Centre as a warning to all who enter

EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO SHELL ETHICS CHIEF RICHARD WISEMAN: 20 OCTOBER 2009

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 20 October 2009 15:24:44 BST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Leaflets at Shell Centre (Revised email)

Dear Mr Wiseman

I understand that a Shell security guard was sent out on a mission to obtain the names of the people issuing our leaflets to Shell employees outside Shell Centre.

That can only be viewed as another act of deliberate intimidation. Why else would they be asked for their names, unless you intend putting them on your Christmas card list?

Shell senior management will not issue legal proceedings to prevent our leaflets being given out on a permanent basis, because that would be counter-productive, so you try to frighten the people handing them out. What a pathetic situation for the worlds largest company to find itself in.

You have my name and address if Shell works up the courage to have proceedings issued again against us. I suppose Shell’s track record of failing to win a single one of the eight previous actions – six in the High Court, one in the County Court and the most recent case decided unanimously in our favour by the World Intellectual Property Organisation – does give cause for some trepidation, even though your in-house army of lawyers have us outnumbered, 650 to *none.

Regards
John Donovan

*As you know, we had NO legal representation in the last case, which dragged on for months in a blaze of international publicity including coverage in the Wall Street Journal, yet Shell still managed to lose in spectacular fashion.

PS. I have, as per normal, posted a copy of this email on our website. Any reply will be added. I have also posted with it a photograph of the Shell Centre, showing two flags flying proudly atop the building. I really do think that at least one should be a pirate flag (skull and crossbones) to warn all who enter about the danger of Shell IP theft.

ANY RESPONSE FROM SHELL WILL BE POSTED HERE

We have received an automated response. Mr Wiseman is in the USA, perhaps making another speech about corruption? If so, I wonder whether it will be for or against… and will Gale Norton be in the audience?

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