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On , 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in New York City. The purpose of this organization was–and remains–to protect the copyright and performance rights of the works of its members: composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers. ASCAP’s first director was composer and musician Victor Herbert, an eloquent supporter of musicians’ right to receive royalties for the use of their work. Herbert, Victor . [between 1905 and 1945]. Harris & Ewing Collection . Prints & Photographs Division. According to the story told about the birth of the society, the popular composer Victor Herbert became aware of the need for protection of musical cre... Full story

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