Goodbye, Mailbox Books. Hello, Rabbit Valley.
- An important message from Sean Rabbitt, President of RABCO Publishing
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
On October 12, 2001, we added the following language to our privacy
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
President, RABCO Publishing Inc.
- 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,
- 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,
On Fri, 12 Oct 2001 20:00:46 -0000
> 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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