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  • Sean Rabbitt
    An important message from Sean Rabbitt, President of RABCO Publishing Inc. First, please accept my apology for an unsolicited email. You are receiving this
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 12, 2001
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      An important message from Sean Rabbitt, President of RABCO Publishing
      Inc.

      First, please accept my apology for an unsolicited email. You are
      receiving this message because sometime between May 2001 and today
      you placed an order through the Mailbox Books website or requested a
      catalog. This message is important and affects your rights as a
      customer. Please read it carefully. If you have any questions, please
      email us at info@... or call us toll free in the US at
      877-613-9468.

      IMPORTANT CHANGE TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

      On October 12, 2001, we added the following language to our privacy
      policy.

      "If in the event of the sale of RABCO Publishing Inc. to a third
      party, part of the assets of the sale will include the mailing list,
      including your personal information and sales record. In the event of
      a sale, the contract of sale will ensure that your personal
      information and sales information will not be sold or distributed for
      any purpose other than the operation of the comic book store. You
      will be notified 30 days before any sale, and you will have the
      opportunity to remove your name and sales information from our
      records."

      While we do not anticipate any change of ownership of the
      corporation, we felt that it was important to make note of this
      change of policy. We still will not sell or rent any lists of our
      customers' names and addresses and email addresses. You can visit the
      rest of our privacy policy at
      http://shop.mailboxbooks.com/help/privacy.htm

      THE END OF MAILBOX BOOKS

      On September 28, 2001, a company called Education Center, Inc. of
      Greensboro, NC filed a lawsuit against RABCO Publishing Inc. and
      myself personally, the president of the company. In it, it alleges
      that we have been violating their trademark on "The Mailbox" and are
      blocking their attempt to register with the United States Patent and
      Trademark Office the mark "The Mailbox Book Company." Their lawsuit
      seeks not only our name and domain name but also financial damages
      for our using the name.

      Ed Zolna, Limelight Publishing Inc. and RABCO Publishing Inc. have
      been running Mailbox Books continuously for almost 15 years. "The
      Mailbox" makes those things that elementary school teachers put up on
      their classroom bulletin boards. We sell comic books. The two names
      have coexisted in the marketplace for over 14 years.

      While our lawyers have told us that we would inevitably win a lawsuit
      against us for the infringement case, they also said that there is
      little to no chance that we would ever recover any damages or legal
      costs. We also have no repercussions for the possibly slanderous and
      completely false statements claiming that we market and sell
      pornography to children filed in federal court. The legal fees for
      winning would reach into the tens of thousands of dollars, and that
      is something a little comic book shop for furries cannot handle.

      After much discussion with the majority stockholders of RABCO
      Publishing Inc., we can't afford the fight and have decided to drop
      the name "Mailbox Books" entirely. Unfortunately, the legal system of
      the United States is set up in such a way that a "legal robbery" of
      someone else's property can occur if one party is richer than the
      other.

      I personally would like to offer my most sincere and humble apologies
      to Mr. Ed Zolna, the man who kept Mailbox Books supporting the furry
      community for so many years. I tried my best to honor him and the
      store he created, but in the end, the name that equates with his good
      name has been taken away from us.

      While there is nothing that can be done now, you can still express
      your opinion to the Education Center, Inc. if you so desire. Here is
      their contact information.

      http://www.themailbox.com/

      Steven Pond, CEO
      The Education Center, Inc.
      3515 W Market St
      Greensboro, NC 27403

      Corporate Offices: 336-854-0309
      Customer Service: 877-696-0825

      WELCOME TO RABBIT VALLEY

      All is NOT lost, and we are still in business. In the next few
      months, we will be transitioning to the name "Rabbit Valley" in place
      of Mailbox Books. The Rabbit Valley comic shop will be Mailbox Books
      down to the mascot at the front door. For a period of time, your
      credit card charges will still say "Mailbox Books," and our invoices
      may still say "Mailbox Books." However, we've moved to Rabbit Valley.

      Within the next few weeks, our website address will change. It is not
      quite active yet, but you will be able to visit both
      http://www.rabbitvalley.com/ and http://www.mailboxbooks.com/ and hit
      the same place. Any email sent to an address like
      cadel@... will go to cadel@.... There
      should be little gap in service, and we foresee that we will keep the
      mailboxbooks.com domain name for the time being.

      Why Rabbit Valley? Well, contrary to popular belief, "Sean Rabbitt"
      really is, and always has been, my legal name. My father is Kipp
      Rabbitt, mom is Susan Rabbitt, etc… The majority investors are all
      Rabbitts. So, in some way, it makes a bit of sense. Second, I always
      seem to think of nice blue skies and a happy comfortable home in
      Rabbit Valley. Think of a crate of oranges and the beautiful blue and
      green picturesque labels on the ends.

      Our 15th annual Vast Catalog of Other Good Stuff ™ will feature a
      full color front cover with this theme painted by Eugene Arenhaus.
      The boys here at the store have seen the preliminary work, and I hope
      you like it just as much as we do.

      CIRCLES #2 SHIPPING SCHEDULE

      This lawsuit has hit our finances hard. Originally, we planned to
      release Circles #2 in November of 2001 and Circles #3 in January of
      2002. At this point, we are not sure if that schedule can still be
      kept. Due to financial considerations, Circles #2 will "come out when
      it comes out" as Andrew French likes to say. Another RABCO Disaster
      still plans on publishing the book to its finale, but it will be
      delayed.

      I know a lot of people have asked you for money in the last month for
      many good causes. If you would like to help us out, please put in an
      order. We appreciate your support, and your sales keep the store
      afloat. Neither myself or Andy (assistant box packer and VP
      extraordinaire) actually get any form of salary from this job, so all
      of the money heads right back into making this business the best it
      can be for the furry community.

      THANK YOU

      It's been a very rough week for us here at RABCO. But, it's not the
      end of the world. Tell a friend about what's going on, and tell as
      many people about the new web site address and name of the store. You
      are the best advertising we have, and we've tried to keep our
      customers as happy as possible. Let us know how we can help you in
      the future too.

      Thank you,
      Sean Rabbitt
      President, RABCO Publishing Inc.
    • confusedoo@aol.com
      I read the first ten pages or so of the lawsuit must say that in my opinion they failed to make a sufficient case. Have you exhausted all means of financing a
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 12, 2001
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        I read the first ten pages or so of the lawsuit must say that in my
        opinion they failed to make a sufficient case. Have you exhausted
        all means of financing a legal challenge such as the comic book
        defense fund or the lamda legal defense fund? Or even pro bono work
        from a local law firm? I realize you probably have, but I just hate
        to see a good company get screwed because they can't afford to pay
        the lawyers fees. This makes me mad.

        Best of luck in Rabbit Valley,
        Andrew Kaiser
      • Ryan Fields
        I don t know if this message will get back to Sean Rabbitt but I felt the need to pipe up as well and say that this lawsuit is complete and utter crap.
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 12, 2001
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          I don't know if this message will get back to Sean Rabbitt but I felt the need to pipe up as well and say that this lawsuit is complete and utter crap. Unfortunately, I can't offer much help, but someone somewhere *has* to be able to do something about this. The name change of the company isn't so horrible, but the fact that this truly stupid lawsuit has caused financial damages to "Mailbox Books"/"Rabbit Valley" as well as production delays is inexcusable. There must be some way to recover damages, *and* turn the "selling porn to children" charges into some form of damages for The Education Center. I'm sick of seeing the legal system being abused to take advantage of people. I've watched it used to destroy some of the most amazing technological developments of our time, and I've seen it used in cases like this to take advantage of small companies. No wonder there has been a significant number of people lately who struggle to claim pride in being Amrican lately even after the events of the past two months.

          I reiterate that I hope there is someone out there who can assist Mailbox/RabbitValley in fighting back. This would be a great opportunity to set some sort of legal precedent against attacks of this nature. Maybe that's just wishful thinking though.

          Extremely pissed off,
          MetalFox

          metalfox@...


          On Fri, 12 Oct 2001 20:00:46 -0000
          confusedoo@... wrote:

          > I read the first ten pages or so of the lawsuit must say that in my
          > opinion they failed to make a sufficient case. Have you exhausted
          > all means of financing a legal challenge such as the comic book
          > defense fund or the lamda legal defense fund? Or even pro bono work
          > from a local law firm? I realize you probably have, but I just hate
          > to see a good company get screwed because they can't afford to pay
          > the lawyers fees. This makes me mad.
          >
          > Best of luck in Rabbit Valley,
          > Andrew Kaiser
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