Welcome to BootlegFree.org, the web's premiere resource for information on identifying bootleg anime merchandise and products, as well as a listing of bootleg free vendors and conventions.
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BootlegFree.org Certified Conventions
What is a BootlegFree.org Certified Convention?
Learn how to become a certified convention
BootlegFree.org certifies conventions that either have, or strive to have, 100% LEGITIMATE
merchandise in their dealer's room. These conventions also agree to have a transparent policy for removing bootleg items if they are found for sale at the convention.
Just because a convention isn't on this list doesn't mean it isn't bootleg free. But only these conventions have met Anime Defense's guidelines for certification.
Why Should I Care?
Unlike with legitmate merchandise, none of the profits from the sale go back to the original creator.
Bootleg merchandise is made as cheaply as possible, which results in a serious drop in quality of the product. This can result in video artifacting, corrupted sound, malformed figurines, paint chipping, and other side effects.
There have been instances in which hazardous materials have been used in the manufacturing of bootleg merchandise, and your health could be at risk
as a result.
Many times the profits from the sales of bootleg merchandise go to fund disreputable organizations.