ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, member Katy Perry and president Paul Williams at the 2012 Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif.

Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War

ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — was founded on Feb. 13, 1914, to protect its members’ copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music. It hasn’t been an easy century; in fact, just about every victory has come as the result of litigation.

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