Here are a few articles from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:
If portrait video is wrong, these artists don't want to be rightThe Verge: Portrait videos are a touchy subject. As the logic goes, our eyes are side by side, not stacked on top of one another, making tall and skinny videos something subconsciously unsettling. In a very popular YouTube video two years ago, puppet comedy group Glove and Boots went so far as to call anything shot vertically "crap," while referring to frequent portrait shooters as sufferers of "vertical video syndrome."
Ars Technica: There may be no song more widely sung in America than "Happy Birthday," but it isn't free to sing. Warner/Chappell music licensing, which has long claimed copyright to the words, typically dings filmmakers and TV producers a few thousand bucks for a "synchronization license" any time the song is used in video. Warner reported that by the 1990s the "Happy Birthday" licensing enterprise was pulling in upwards of $2 million annually.
Occupational Health & Safety: Nov. 6, 2012 may someday become known as the day the drug war went up in smoke. Why? That's the day voters in Colorado and Washington state decided to legalize marijuana use, and not just for medicinal purposes. They voted to legalize marijuana for so-called recreational use. The pro-legalization of marijuana movement signaled that at least four more states (Alaska, Arizona, California, and Oregon) may pass similar legislation this year, and as 2013 came to a close, 20 states plus the District of Columbia already had legalized medical marijuana. New York's governor welcomed the new year by announcing that he intended to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes by executive order, thus bypassing voters and legislators.
HowlRound: In March 2014, Amberley Publishing is releasing Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, my biography of the feminist poet Amelia Bassano Lanier, in which I claim that she was not only the “dark lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets but a major co-author of his plays. Five years younger than Shakespeare, she came from a family of Venetian Jews who worked as Queen Elizabeth’s recorder troupe; for a decade was mistress to Lord Hunsdon, the man in charge of the English theater, who later became Patron of the Chamberlain’s Men. She became the first woman in England to publish a book of original poetry with the publication in 1611 of her collection Salve Deus, a religious satire that has odd resemblances to the Shakespearean romances. What is unusual is that this radical research is being supported by a number of Shakespeare and theater scholars.
Feminist of the Day: Olivia WildeWomen and Hollywood: Need a reminder of the awesome and awful power of Hollywood?
In a panel called the "State of Female Justice," actress Olivia Wilde shares a story about being recognized while "on a camel in Senegal" by "the guy who was helping me not fall off my camel." "You're Doctor Thirteen [Wilde's character] on House," she recalls him saying.
That moment led her to realize that "We have to do a better job of representing different lifestyles and women in empowered roles because literally everyone is seeing this stuff that we [in Hollywood] put out. So we have to be more responsible for what we do put out."