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Remembering the royaldutchshellplc.com domain name battle

In July 2005, the news media including The Wall Street Journal covered the domain name battle between Donovan and Shell over the domain name royaldutchshellplc.com.

When Shell tried to register it following the merger of the cinders of the Anglo-Dutch arms of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, its lawyers were horrified to discover that Shell’s arch-enemy had beat them to the registration. Shell issued proceedings but lost the case.

royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellenergy.website, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net and shell2004.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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