The Legality of Fanfic and Cosplay

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Have you written a book? Created a gorgeous piece of artwork? Transformed your poetry from ideas onto paper? Protect yourself by registering a copyright (http://www.copyright.org). However, how do you know if you’re infringing on someone else’s copyright? The goal in creativity is expression, not litigation. In this informative panel on Sunday at the Hilton, Erica Farmer, Meredith Rose, and Courtney Lytle discuss the law and how it pertains to things Dragon Conners hold dear: fanfiction and cosplay. The litmus test
 
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In Sync with Joey and Chris

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Joey and Chris. Chris and Joey. They may have been two-fifths of a sugary boy band once worshipped by pre-pubescent girls (and some adults), but they’ve matured into a couple of dirty birds. If they were a bad drink on shameful night, they’d be rancid pinot noir—one you’d happily drink. They are willing to go anywhere for a laugh, and it is pure joy watching them trade sexually laced hot dog zingers. Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick caught-up with rabid
 
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Folding Paper into Art: Origami for Beginners

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Down in the basement of the Hyatt in Baker Sunday at 5:30PM was the workshop on beginning origami. Malachi Brown and Amanda Bouffier were the panelists, and patient helpers, for this standing-room-only class. Origami is the ancient art of paper folding and transforming paper into sculpture. There was no experience required to attend this panel, which made it so fun. All of the participants created a jumping frog, a Masu box, a boat, a fish, and a book. The panelists
 
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Game of Thrones: All Rulers Must Die

Game of Thrones: All Rulers Must Die

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They deserved it, and we secretly (no, not so secretly) loved to watch. Jack Gleeson and Alexander Siddig discussed their characters, deaths, and the future of the Iron Throne to an at-capacity Hyatt Centennial II-III crowd on Sunday. Who do you think is the most evil Game of Thrones character? Chances are that one of your top two is the very dead King Joffrey. Gleeson feels that since Joffrey is a product of incest, his frontal cortex may have been
 
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Masquerade Winners

Masquerade Winners

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Children Amanda Carambat as Erza Scarlet Sydney Watson as Queen Ravenna David Rispress as the 11th Doctor Adults Best Master: Clinton Jullens and Peggy Greb as Duck Vader and Queen Quackmadala Best In Show: Anh Hoang as Connor Kenway Best Novice: Chase Calloway as Black Panther Best Journeyman: Wayne Neumaier as Mark Watney Best Fantasy: Jason and Tamara Cantrell as Wun Wun and Ygritte Best Monster: Jonathan S. Coolidge as Astral Dragon Best SciFi: Alexander Hibbs as Darth Vader Best
 
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Making Dystopia Real

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The Craft of Dystopia panel brought authors Sharon Ahern, Gail Z. Martin, and Ben Fisher to the Westin’s Chastain F-H on Saturday at 2:30PM. Moderator Nathan Hamilton started by asking the panelists to introduce themselves and explain how they use dystopian settings. Ahern said she and her husband, Jerry Ahern, wrote the Survivalist series. In the books, the world is 650 years post-catastrophe and has problems similar to the ones we faced in the 1980s. Martin said she writes epic
 
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So Very English: An Hour with the Cast of Sleepy Hollow

So Very English: An Hour with the Cast of Sleepy Hollow

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Janina Gavankar and Tom Mison didn’t wait for the moderator to introduce them to take the stage for the Sleepy Hollow panel Sunday morning in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom at 10AM. They popped out on stage waving and smiling at the crowd, at least pretending to be quite awake and lively at that hour. While the audience was getting organized to ask questions, the moderator asked both of the cast members about last season’s crossover with Bones and whether a
 
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Medieval Mythbusting

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On Sunday at 2:30PM in the Hilton Grand Ballroom, the Palmetto Knights present a program called “Medieval Mythbusting” and debunked misconceptions about medieval armor and weapons. The program started with the announcement that the group had decided to see if their armor was bulletproof. They displayed a hardened metal rondel 1.5mm thick. It had dings, a couple of holes, and a crack in it. The dings were made by a 9mm firearm, and the crack came from a full-gauge magnum
 
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