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KeepAnimeAlive.com Launches To Combat Piracy

WINTER PARK, FL – January 12, 2011 - Fans across the country are uniting behind the anime industry with KeepAnimeAlive.com, a new source to combat piracy and bootlegging.

KeepAnimeAlive.com will feature sections on how to identify bootlegged merchandise, the effects piracy has on the anime industry, and why fans should be outraged at the state of the industry. Colin Harvie is the site's editor.

“It's absurd to see the anime industry in this state,” says Harvie. “Three Japanese studios filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Piracy is going to cut the anime movement down until there is nothing left.”

“I think a lot of fans are beginning to see that it's not the industry complaining so they can have a few extra bucks, but that there really is a danger of us not having anime anymore,” says Chris Perry, who directs the site's Anime Industry News service.

In her December 2010 ‘Sustain the Industry’ video, YouTube™ user theRAofEdwardElric directed followers towards the site, which will feature a ‘Sustain the Industry’-dedicated section later this year.

The site goes live today with the first in a series of exclusive interviews with industry professionals. The first video features Valerie Tatro, the convention chair at Bakuretsucon in Colchester, Vermont.

Tatro, who owns a store in South Burlington, says she has fought to ensure her dealer's room contains only authentic domestic and import merchandise.

“Our vendor's room is bootleg-free,” Tatro says proudly during the interview. Bakuretsucon is the largest convention in Vermont with an annual attendance around 600. The complete interview is available in HD from the video section at KeepAnimeAlive.com

ABOUT KEEPANIMEALIVE.COM: KeepAnimeAlive.com is a website dedicated to combating piracy and bootlegging in the entertainment industry. The site features videos, articles, and tips for how fans can help support anime. KeepAnimeAlive.com is run by the Anime Defense Project, which is currently converting from a social association to a 501c(3) non-profit corporation.

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