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It Happened Today in New York City

01-22-ascapOn January 22, 1917, Victor Herbert won his lawsuit against Shanley’s Café for unlicensed use of his music. Three years earlier, Herbert had co-founded the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers which has since grown into one of the most powerful unions in the entertainment field. His suit against Shanley’s, which had charged him for every price on their munu but paid him nothing for their live performances of his work, established composers’ right to charge performance fees for live performances of their music.


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