Plagiarist, the elusive proprietor of plagiarist.org, became inspired by the ever-increasing scope of corporate takeovers. Realizing that the domain name has become a metaphor for corporation, Plagiarist set out to form the world’s largest corporation– by acquiring 27 of the world’s largest corporations into the plagiarist.org domain.
The existing sites of corporations such as Microsoft, McDonald’s, and
Starbucks, were given addresses within the plagiarist.org domain – i.e. microsoft.plagiarist.org,
mcdonalds.plagiarist.org, starbucks.plagiarist.org, etc. The “Plagiarist Acquisitions” page listed
all 27 of the acquired subdomains, with links to the corresponding websites under their new plagiarist.org addresses.
If relative links were used within a given corporate website, visitors could traverse the entire
website with the site’s plagiarist.org address continuing to appear in the location bar throughout. In June 1999, DuPont Company, apparently unhappy to discover search engines indexing their site under their new dupont.plagiarist.org address, threatened legal action from DuPont and the 26 other corporations against the art school where I am a faculty member. (IBM and GM subsequently contacted the school as well.) I was forced to remove the Plagiarist Acquisitions site, but I replaced it with documentation of the legal dispute (which DuPont also attempted to have me remove).
Although I was forced to disable 26 of the 27 subdomain addresses, the one unofficially corporate acquisition, http://whitehouse.plagiarist.org is still functional as part of the plagiarist.org family.